The AMICA Library
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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
African; West African; Ghanain; Akan
Africa, Ghana//Africa, West Africa, Southern Côte d'Ivoire, Southern Ghana Africa,West Africa,Ghana
Early or mid-20th century
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Wood stool covered with brass repousse. Composed of two levels: the bottom tier represents a horizontal crocodile, the top tier represents pillars. Seat curves gently on PR and PL edges; large, stylized flower in center with geometric patterning radiating from flower. Top tier has five pillars; one supports center of seat, other four arranged in square around center. Central pillar with geometric patterning configured on diagonal axis; four pillars with rotating patterns of horizontal lines, diamond-shapes, and triangles. Base of top tier covered with geometric patterning. Second tier with horizontal crocodile on front and back of stool; two pillars positioned where front and rear legs should be for each crocodile. Crocodile oriented with head at PL when looking at front and/ or rear frontally; crocodile equals length of base of top tier. Crocodile represented with raised eyes; raised rectangles on body; raised center-line from tip of nose of end of tail; and scale-like patterning thorughout. Four pillars with scale-like patterning. Base covered with geometric patterning. Small areas of green patina throughout.
H: 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); W: 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf.
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