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Lobi Stool (N° 18016)

Ex Belgian African art collection.
Among the items of African furniture of daily use, an ancient lobi seat from Burkina Faso, which is supported by large cylindrical legs. This type of stool for individual use marked the social rank of its owner and was not lent in any case.
"The most important element of African furniture remains without question the seat, linked to the social rank of its owner. Travelers' accounts from the 17th and 18th centuries indicate that when a chief moved, his seat followed him, carried by a servant. "African objects L. Meyer. Antique stool, with eroded and cracked wood. The populations of the same cultural region, grouped together under the name "Lobi", form one fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in number in Ghana, they also settled in the north of the Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara , the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor .
 

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLobi
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height20
Depth32
Width28
Weight3.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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