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Armchair with caryatid figures

Elaborate chairs modeled after European chairs were used by community leaders and important figures. As explorers and merchants made contact with indigenous communities in Africa, the form of the chairs brought from Europe made their way into the stately paraphernalia of community leaders....

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Provenance

By 1951, Galerie Carrefour, Paris France; 1951, sold by Galerie Carrefour to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Ivory Coast, Senufo peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire

Dimensions

Overall: 87 x 73 x 54.5 cm (34 1/4 x 28 3/4 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2648

Medium or Technique

wood, stain or pigment, nails

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Furniture, Seating and Beds