Dogon Peoples, Mali
H: 24 inches, W: 17 inches, D: 16 inches
Female Caryatid stools are part of the artistic representation of Dogon matrilineal people. Stools are very important symbols of authority for the Dogon.They are the material embodiment of a "seat" of a King's authority; and are used as their thrones on state occasions. They are also used for several ritual ceremonies. Female caryatid of this type is usually guarded by a royal clan in a separate village, carefully covered in cloth, to protect it from those with motives to overthrow the king. Royal stools are thought to contain special powers, and are treated with reverence and fear. This superb piece is carved out of a single piece of wood. Fine dark brown patina, with elaborate scarification.