An African Ivory Coast Dan or ‘We’ Carved Wood Low Chair
An African Ivory Coast Dan or ‘We’ Carved Wood Low Chair

An African Ivory Coast Dan or ‘We’ Carved Wood Low Chair

1800 to 2000 Africa

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An African Ivory Coast Dan or ‘We’ Carved Wood Low Chair
Old worn smooth patina
Late 19th – Early 20th Century

Size: 32cm high – 12½ ins high
cf Finch and Co catalogue no. 8, no. 71, for another African Ivory Coast chair
The form of the European chair seems to have had a particular impact on West African tribal culture judging from the number of variations that exist and the curved back rail of this example was most probably inspired by a European prototype. In Africa, stools and chairs are often signifiers of status being treasured by their owner and recognised by others not only as private and personal, but as a prestige object and indication of the status of the owner.
Whilst President of the College of West Africa in Monrovia, Liberia, from 1936 to 1938, Dr J.H. Furbay collected a chair, that is now in the American Museum of Natural History, New York, which has great similarities to the present example; (Sieber pg. 161). He reported that the chair was always carried by an attendant who accompanied the Chief to whom it belonged, for it was believed that a Chief without his chair was without his dignity.
Dimensions
Height 32.00 cm (12.60 inches)
Stock Code
F110
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