About this object

History of use

Stools are considered the personal, private property of their owners. They are part of a man's accessories. Each man has a stool which reflects his age and status. Stools are inherited and named to reflect the clan and status of the owner. Stools serve as seats which protect the owner from insects, etc., and are used in ceremonial contexts. At night they protect their owners' headdresses.

Cultural context


Physical description

Stool carved from a single piece of wood. Oval base forming arrow-shaped mid-section which forms into seat of stool. Seat is wider at the ends, and narrows in the centre. Sides curve slightly downwards. A braided leather handle is attached to the mid-section in two places through pierced wood, and knotted on other side.