DOGON STOOL 19, MALI

 Dogon
Stool 19
10" high x 8.75" wide
$300 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

This stool has been vetted by a Dogon expert as being authentic with signs of use and age.

There is a shallow piece missing from the top side of this stool. Although it sits solidly, the bottom bulges slightly.

Small wooden stools serve the Dogon people for everyday use. There are two distinct types. The simple, abstract ones that we have are very old and wonderfully eroded by time, use and exposure. The more complex ones, supported by figures representing ancestors or nommo were originally symbols of authority for the priests or hogons and not used as stools. Those with a post in the middle are linked with Dogon mythology. The seat represents heaven, the base represents the earth, and the post represents a tree, linking the two.

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