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Lobi Three Legged Stool African Art

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Title Lobi Three Legged Stool African Art
Type of Object Stool
Country of Origin Burkina Faso
People Lobi
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Early to mid 20th century
Height (in) 7
Width (in) 18
Dimensions Height: 7 Inches
Width: 18 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.

A fine example of a well-worn stool.

Additional Information: This uniquely shaped three legged stool comes from the Lobi people of the Northern Ivory Coast and Ghana and the lower reaches of Burkina Faso. Thew third leg is a phallic reference.

Spread across the boundaries of three countries the Lobi live in individual fort-like family compounds in small villages surrounded by cultivated fields. Within the walls of the compound family life includes the family head, his wives, married sons and their families. Used exclusively by Lobi men, stools are three legged and those for women four legged. Lobi stools are carved from a heavy, dense wood and their simple, abstract forms carries great visual power and worn patina showing much use and age. The three-legged design of the stool allowed Lobi men to carry it on their shoulder when not being sat upon. Such stools were also used to beat upon the ground when an elder approached as a sign of respect for the older person. This stool is in excellent condition and would be a good addition to any collection of African Art.

Further Reading:

Meyer, P. Kunst und Religion der Lobi. 1981.

Bocola, S. African Seats, 1994.