Stool

A work made of wood, iron nails, and traces of pigment.

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  • A work made of wood, iron nails, and traces of pigment.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century, before 1911

Artist:

Igbo
Awka region, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

A hierarchy of titled ranks is an important feature among the Igbo, and many men and women attain an initial title in adulthood. Moving upward in rank, however, requires a significant investment in resources, social contacts, and time. A title comes with responsibilities and privileges, including regalia and status objects like this stool. Remarkably, the seat’s two levels of interlocking supports were sculpted from a single block of wood. An Irish missionary obtained the stool in Nigeria in the early 20th century. Catholic missions were established near Onitsha, Nigeria, in 1885, and in Awka, the town best known for elaborate title stools, in 1908.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Igbo

Title

Stool

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1875–1910

Medium

Wood, iron nails, and traces of pigment

Dimensions

57.2 × 34.9 cm (22 1/2 × 13 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

African Decorative Arts Fund

Reference Number

2013.68

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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