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Label Text
The carver of this chair took advantage of the natural form of the tree he selected. He essentially maintained the tree's branching form while carving flat surfaces to support the sitter's back and adding a second piece of wood to create the seat.
Tripod chair composed of the natural branching form of a tree. The flat surface forms the back of the chair, with a flat piece of wood added as a seat.
Arnold Gary Rubin, Los Angeles, collected Nigeria, 1965 to 1980s
Roy and Sophia Sieber, Bloomington, Indiana, -- to 1988
Exhibition History
African Furniture and Household Objects, Indianapolis Museum of Art, April 9-May 25, 1980; Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, July 3-August 3, 1980; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, September 21-November 9, 1980; Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, March 1-April 19, 1981; The Brooklyn Museum, New York, June 20-September 7, 1981
Art of the Personal Object, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 24, 1991-April 9, 2007
Published References
Sieber, Roy. 1980. African Furniture and Household Objects. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, p. 133.
National Museum of African Art
Tiv artist
Credit Line
Gift of Roy and Sophia Sieber in memory of Arnold Gary Rubin
Wood, iron nails
H x W x D: 87.6 x 71.1 x 66 cm (34 1/2 x 28 x 26 in.)
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Mid-20th century
Furniture and Furnishing
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