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Reclining Chair

A work made of wood.

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  • A work made of wood.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Gur-speaking peoples, possibly Lobi
Burkina Faso
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

In Burkina Faso, the chairs of male elders are often embellished with abstract motifs or stylized attributes of animals. This reclining chair suggests the form of a bush buffalo with four blocky legs, a swayed belly, characteristically curved horns, and floppy ears. When a person sits in the chair, the horns and ears give the appearance of a headdress and incorporate the sitter into the imagery of the intelligent, powerful animal. Incised linear patterns on the chair’s footrest and lower back, and the three sculpted slats in the center of the backrest add to the chair’s appeal.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Lobi

Title

Reclining Chair

Origin

Burkina Faso

Date

1901–1975

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

94 × 43.2 × 185.4 cm (37 × 17 × 73 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Marshall Field

Reference Number

1997.459

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