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Rare Figural African Bamileke Spider Stool from Cameroon, early 20th C.
An early and rare 20th Century Bamileke stool carved from a single block of ebonized wood. The design is referred to as the Spider stool with its many figures all intertwined.
Considered a prized possession, the stool (throne) was used by tribal chiefs or honored figures while presiding over official and religious services. The figures in the chair represent tribal ancestors, whose remembered wisdom is meant to direct those sitting on the throne.
Today, Bamileke stools are considered an iconic piece of African furniture and have been celebrated for its unique architectural and functional design. Stools containing figures are considered to be rare.
Measurements, Height 16.5", Diameter, 13'
Please note that some of the pictures were lightened so that the details would show up in the photo. The true color is a dark brown/black.
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