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A fine Ivory Coast region initiation chair

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: African: Pre 1930: Item # 1197431

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michael cichon tribal arts
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These miniature chairs represent the role of women as mothers and providers of the family, and figure prominently into the initiation rites of young girls with several peoples of Ivory Coast. They typically belonged to the grandfathers or uncles (members of the Poro Society) of the initiation participants. This example is exceptional with phallic form back rail ends. It is finely incised on the legs, side rails and seat, and back rail. Measuring 17" H x approx. the same width. Showing a fine, smooth, varied, shiny patina and with metal additions. This chair dates to the early 20th century. Possibly Baule, Senufo, We or Dan in origin. Excellent, sturdy example.