200925 - Authentic Antique Lobi stool - Burkina Faso.


Authentic Antique Lobi stool - Burkina Faso
Hand carved from a single piece of wood and collected in the 1960s
Size: 46 cm long.
The bottom of the legs have been eaten by insects.
Lobi stools on three legs are part of the traditional output of Lobi sculptors. In former days, no man left his house without his personal seat, hung over his shoulder. Apart from undecorated stools, which form the majority of Lobi furniture, there are some decorated examples known, having one human head.

Once adulthood reached, each man commissions to a sculptor a domestic stool in dense wood, and another one in a lighter wood, intended for his displacements to the fields, in the bush and in the markets. The two back feet leaned on the shoulder ensure the transport: in earlier times, these stools served as head breakers in market quarrels.

This ancient items - made for displacements, since it is light - presents an elegant and slender line. Wonderful patina on the seat and on the legs