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The front leg with old tribal repair, smooth, silky and shiny patina
Late 19th Century – Early 20th Century
Size 48 cm high, 84 cm long, 14 cm wide – 19 ins high, 33 ins long, 5½ ins wide
Every male member of the Lobi who had undergone initiation is said to have possessed one of these chairs. He would beat it on the ground as a sign of respect when approached by elders, and carry it on his left shoulder when travelling using it in emergencies as a weapon.
When compared with the minimalist creations of modern furniture design these austerely worked seats have obvious similarities, but the Lobi chair has a more direct and sensual relationship with the natural environment. It evokes a way of African life that has its natural resting and working place on the ground.