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Okou Stool
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This ancient piece of traditional African furniture was collected in the Okou region of northwestern Cameroon, a region mainly populated by two ethnic groups: the nomadic pastoralists 'Fulani' and the semi-Bantu cultivators 'Nso, Oku and Kom'.
African stools and chairs reflect, by their ornamentation, the social rank of the one who owns it.

Raw piece by excellent, the Okou stools are carved in the mass of a piece of wood, thus monoxyles. This one carries patterns in rhombuses established on a base also carved of a geometrical frieze.
The initiates of the customary societies of the Cameroonian Grasslands chieftaincies each had a distinctive seat of his rank, used daily or on the occasion of ritual ceremonies. Matte patina, ochre, uneven surface, ...

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Dogon Tabouret
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African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Dogon Seat

Among the traditional seats of African art, this Malian stool with a matte ocrée patina.br-The body of this seat is sculpted with ribbed diamond motifs at salient angles. The broken lines refer to the dogon cosmogony. Eroded concave plateau.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. ...

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