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Leopard stool (royal seat)
Leopard stool (royal seat), 20th century
African, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule
Wood and pigment
17 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches (44.5 x 82.6 x 23.2 cm)
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of William C. Bertolet, 2000
2000-159-1
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Looking Questions

  • What is this? What do you think it is for?
  • Where do you think it was made?
  • What do you think it was made of? How was it made?
  • This stool has two parts. What do you see on the top? The bottom?
  • What is the leopard holding in his mouth? Does the leopard look strong or weak? Why?
  • What could the leopard holding the smaller animal symbolize?
  • What kind of designs do you see on the top section?
  • Do you think this object was made to be used as a stool or to be displayed? Why?
  • What would it feel like to sit on it?
 

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