stool (furniture)

Wooden stool with three legs. The upper surface is decorated in a design of concentric circles composed of copper and iron nails. An iron carrying chain in a double loop is attached to two of the legs by leather loops.

Kamba stool from eastern Kenya, used predominantly by elders. The incised decoration on the top of the seat it thought to contain coded information relating to the owner. For example, this piece depicts concentric rings which may refer to the number of wives of the owner, and the circles in the centre may relate to the number of homesteads. Such stools are owned and used by a single individual throughout their lives. The chain attached to the seat of the stool would have been used for carrying or hanging it.

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