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To the Yoruba people, stools were an important attribute of kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Stools were among the most important of these objects.

This magnificent stool is a masterpiece of Yoruba wood carving. The overall form of the work retains the shape of the tree trunk from which it was cut. Despite the fact that it has been somewhat hollowed out inside, it remains strong and sturdy. An elaborate processional frieze of multiple figures has been carved in relief along the body of the stool.

Culture and Traditions

In Africa, the Yoruba are contiguous with the Yoruboid Itsekiri to the southeast in the northwest Niger Delta, Bariba to the northwest in Benin and Nigeria, and the Nupe to the north, and the Ebira to the northeast in central Nigeria. To the east are the Edo, Ẹsan, and Afemai groups in mid-western Nigeria.

Donation Details

Kenneth T. Ward donated in the year 1991.


The Appraised Amount is $ 900.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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