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

Burkina Faso; Lobi peoples

Man's stool


L. 56.2 cm (22 1/8”)

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, The Stanley Collection, X1986.357

Like the We chair, this type of stool was used solely by men. Its three legs mark it as a man's stool, for Lobi women traditionally use stools with four legs. The hook-like form of the stool permits it to be carried over the shoulder of its owner, who would likely bring his stool with him wherever he travels. Like much African furniture, Lobi stools are traditionally closely associated with their owners. On a man's death, the stool he used throughout his adult life may be placed on his grave with other symbols of the life he led (Roy 1987: 62).