Dogon Stool from Mali
carvings of ancestors on Dogon Stool
carvings of ancestors
top of a Dogon Stool

Dogon Stool, Mali

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These stools were used as a utilitarian object. However, the stools with the carvings of ancestors were also considered sacred objects. This is an old piece, but its legs have been recarved during its long life. 
Ex: Pacific Asian Art Museum, Pasadena
27 cm/ 10 1/2 in high
23.5 cm/ 9 1/2 in wide