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A man's stool carved from one piece of wood, originating from the Nuna peoples in what is now part of Burkina Faso. In this region of West Africa, stools with three legs are reserved for men, while women's chairs have four legs. The anthropomorphic shape of the piece is emphasized by the elegant...

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in black marker on underside: "LO0"


By 1946, Madeleine Rousseau, Paris France; 1946, sold by Rousseau to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Nuna peoples, Burkina Faso, 20th century

Object Place

Burkina Faso


Overall: 75 x 20 x 97 cm (29 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 38 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts