Photographs © Tim Hamill
This stool has been vetted as authentic.
Although the elegantly carved, three legged stools are considered everyday objects. Stools like those with high backs were originally carved for chiefs and are often referred to as chief's chairs, or thrones and were used during judicial and initiation ceremonies. They share their form with the neighboring Nyamwezi, Zoromo and other peoples.
This stool, besides the obvious loss of wood on the front, is in the fragments exhibition because the back has been replaced or repaired by carefully inserting it into the seat. (See details).
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