c. 1920


Diameter: 39.1 cm (15 3/8 in.); Overall: 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)

Gift of the Gilpin Players of Karamu House 1929.320



Such stools were highly prized by their female owners. Sculpted by master artists with widespread reputations, they were often "signed" with a deeply cut mark on the base. This groove was then filled with red camwood as an expression of blessings and good wishes for the stool's owner.

See also
African Art
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork

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