This wooden hand carved Nupe stool has been beautifully painted with gorgeous and creative designs. It stands 10 inches tall and 13.5 inches wide and weighs 8.5 pounds. A couple of the legs are shorter than the others, which makes the piece a bit wobbly. There are some scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.
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Wobbly and some scrapes and scuffs.
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.