By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)

Liberia and Côte d’IvoireWe peoples


Wood, leather

W. 48.9 cm (19 1/4")

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, The Stanley Collection, X1986.52

Among the Gere, a neighboring group that shares many artistic traditions with the We, these chairs are also used by young girls during the dances and ceremonies that mark the movement from childhood into adult status. As their initiation approaches, young girls ask their grandfathers if they may borrow their chairs, bringing with them into the initiation camps these important symbols of their ancestries and the familial bonds that sustain all members of society.