Despite its appearance this stool was probably made to be sold.
With the strong side light you can see that the inside of most Bamileke stools is more roughly carved than the outside.
The abstracted spider pattern of this stool is the most recognizable of Bamileke stool motifs. The spider, being clever enough to built a beautiful trap, is admired for her wisdom. Spending some time underground, she is also thought to be a messenger between the living world and the world of the ancestors.
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