Bamileke Earth Spider Stool

c. 1900
$1,580 USD
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Dimensions
H: 17.0" Dia: 22.5"
Materials
Wood
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Collection #
CAA1441
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$225

Carved from a single tree trunk, Bamileke lattice stools were used as symbolic seats in public ceremonies. The lattice webbing represents both the life cycle and the divine wisdom of the earth spider. A stool with broken lattice was immediately discarded, the broken life web seen as a terrible omen. As a stool or side table, this spiritual object offers a sculptural mix of gentle curves and ordered grid. In natural light, beautiful shadows and illuminated pinpoints play through the lattice.

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