Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bambar (stool)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • bambar (stool), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, plant fiber, woven
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23.5 x 36 x 36 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 14 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0284

This is a stool with a wooden frame and woven seat. The frame is four rough hewn legs and four rough hewn stretcher bars with a mortise and tenon joint. The seat is woven from two colors and types of plant fiber rope. The darker rope is much more frayed looking. There is a small amount of this kind of rope on one side of the seat that is lighter colored. The other kind of rope is made from twisted blades of grass, which makes the rope much more smooth. The two colors combine to form a chevron pattern on the seat.

This kind of stool is used primarily by women. It was made with the same technique that one would use to make a larger angoreb (cot-sized bed). There is not a place to tighten the warp like an angoreb would have.