This Nupe stool is full of color and design. Each leg has multiple painted shapes and critters. The stool measures 11 inches tall, 14.75 inches wide, and weighs 10 pounds. There is cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout.
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Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
About the Nupe People
The Nupe people have lived along the banks of the Niger River since the 15th century and were conquered in around 1830 by the Muslim Fulani people. Their art is therefore non figurative and mostly decorative.
Nupe houses are decorated with doors and posts carved with geometric designs, although there are some rare examples of animal designs. Circular stools, supported by varying numbers of feet, are presented by grooms to their brides. Traditionally they are used as 'prestige' objects on market days and during important meetings.
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.