Authentic Vintage Lobi Milk Stool, Ivory Coast this African Lobi stool was created by the Lobi People of Ghana. It was carved from a single block of wood, and has a strong simple form. It has aged beautifully by use and exposure, and will bring history and authenticity into your home. You will receive the exact item photographed.
The Lobi belong to an ethnic group that originated in what is today Ghana. Starting around 1770, many Lobi peoples migrated into southern Burkina Faso and later into Côte d'Ivoire. The group consists of around 180,000 people. Lobiri is the name of the language spoken by the Lobi People.
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DIMENSIONS: 12" H x 10" Diameter weight 5 lbs
PERIOD: Unknown, early 20th Century
CONDITION: Excellent Vintage Condition for an authentic item, wear and patina are desirable and consistent with age and use
ORIGIN: Cote d'Ivoire, Africa
FACTS & HISTORY: The Lobi inhabit parts of southern Burkina Faso. The Lobi is a farmer, a hunter and a herder, but above all he is a warrior. Victims of slave raids, rival clans and civil disputes, they are among the fiercest and proudest inhabitants of Burkina Faso and were constantly under attack from the Guiriko and Kenedougou empires during the 19th century.
Lobi dwellings are characterized as large rectangular or polygonal compounds known as maison soukala. They are spaced well from each other and are composed of a single vast mud banco wall and a small entrance. An entrance to a Lobi house is a relatively recent development. At many houses, there is a ladder made from a large, Y-shaped tree trunk with notched steps, which lead up to the roof where inhabitants may access an interior granary and their own rooms below. Access to individual sleeping quarters is also available inside.
Only the tyuordaarkuun (or head of the household; there is no "chief" in Lobi society) can give permission to enter the house. The roof is broad and flat and forms a terrace which provides a lookout point but can also be used for sleeping in the dry season.
Domestic animals have their own space, and water is gathered from a well or the river. The rooms inside a Lobi house are very dark, and the size varies in relation to function. Each wife has a room for herself and her children where meals are prepared. Large earthenware jars used to hold water or other personal belongings are often stacked up against the kitchen walls and are a testament to the owner's economic status.