Requires Photography


African, Cote d'Ivoire, Baule peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Mali


Overall: 65.5 x 63 cm (25 13/16 x 24 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Seating and beds

This small chair, which resembles a European chair, is used among the Baule, Guro, Gere, and Dan peoples. The chairs originally had no backs, but backs may have been incorporated into their design upon contact with Europeans. This type of chair is reserved for village elders, who sit on them during the day and use them as headrests at night.


About 1960, sold by Galerie Carrefour, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart