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

While lack of information about individual African artists forces us to label most sculpture "anonymous," information recorded by an early colonial official provides information on the identity of the artist who carved this stool. It is decorated with a Janus head whose deeply cut, stylized features, c-shaped ears and distinctive coiffure indicates that it may be the work of Sikire Kambire (1896 - 1963), a Lobi sculptor who was much admired by both Africans and Westerners who traveled in Lobi country (Ross: 36-37).