Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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carved wooden stool
  • Yoruba peoples
  • carved wooden stool, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 32.5 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 3/4 x 9 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2929

The round, column-like stool has three disc-like layers, separated by curving legs. The top of the stool is slightly concave. The middle layer has a deep groove around the vertical side, decorated with short vertical lines. The top of this layer has parallel grooves in the wedges not occupied by the curving legs. The bottom layer has a single ridge on the vertical side. The top surface is also decorated with parallel grooves in the wedges not occupied by the legs. Both sets of four legs are each decorated with two grooves at the widest point and there is a column in the center. There is a faint black stripe down the center of each leg.