This beautiful seat is part of our collection, and it has been published in our most recent book “Black Seat – Exceptional seats from Black Africa”.
It is currently on loan to the beautiful exhibition “Les statues meurent aussi. Ode au grand art africain” by the organizers of the ” Parcours des Mondes” event in its ninth edition.
This stool will be displayed at the Musée de la Monnaie in Paris until October 2, 2010.
“When he lets a seat stand on a pair of man’s feet, the Black man recreates nature in his image. Therefore, all objects are sacred because all creation is sacred, it recalls the creation of the world … ” wrote Chris Marker about this seat , which was prominently featured in the 1953 film directed with Alain Resnais, ” Les statues meurent aussi “
Its use restricted to the notables (évovi) , this beautiful stool was employed during the community events linked to the Bwiti, Tsogho’s main rite. Few examples still exist: a similar one is conserved in Libreville’s Arts and Traditions museum, it was published in 1986 in the catalog of Louis Perrois ” Gabonese Masterpieces of Art from the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Libreville, ” ; another known example was part of the ancient Durville collection …