About this object

History of use

Stools are made by men from a single piece of wood using a short-handled axe. They are finished off by sanding with an abrasive leaf and oiled down with butterfat. Stools are considered private and personal property of the owner and are part of a man's accessories. Each man carries his stool in accordance with the rules of the tribe, for the number of legs indicates his age group (only elders are entitled to a three-legged stool). Stools are awarded to a man when he achieves the second highest rank and he will retain it for the rest of his life. After his death, it is inherited by next new initiate who is related to him. Serve as seats when resting, eating, or watching dance performances. Serve as accessories at ceremonies. Every stool in use has its own special name which denotes the sex, social status, or clan of the owner. Also associated with leadership.

Physical description

Elder's stool carved from single piece of light coloured wood. Three legs each with flaring bases. Seat is round and concave. Well finished.