Stool, possibly Nuer

Stool, possibly Nuer

Accession Number:
?Sudan , ?Ethiopia , ?Kenya ?Uganda
[Southern Sudan?] South West Ethiopia Uganda-Kenya border
Cultural Group:
Date Made:
?By 1939
Wood Plant
Local Name:
Other Owners:
?Henry Balfour ?Armine Charles Almroth Wright
Field Collector:
?Henry Balfour ?Armine Charles Almroth Wright
PRM Source:
?Henry Balfour ?Armine Charles Almroth Wright
Donated by ?1942
Collected Date:
?By 1939
Wooden stool or headrest with slightly concave seat carved from a tree branch with three naturally formed branches forming the legs.

The collector and donor of this item is not certain, but may have been Armine Charles Almroth Wright. An origin in the South Eastern Sudan (Nuer?), South Western Ethiopia or along the Ugandan-Kenya border (Suk?) is stylistically possible.

Rachael Sparks 25/9/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry [XI, p. 75] - The late H. BALFOUR, Esq. F.R.S. Specimens from different parts of AFRICA found unlabelled. As it is impossible to identify the real donor, or donors, it is assumed for convenience in using the Donor's Index that the specimens are given by Mr Balfour. Mostly without indication of provenance. [p. 85] 1942.1.438 - Stool, ? or head-rest, a slightly concave seat, or top, supported by three legs, the whole fashioned from a strong tree branch with three side-branches. No provenance given. EAST AFRICA (S.E. SUDAN, S.W. ABYSSINIA or UGANDA-KENYA border).+
Added Accession Book Entry - [p. 85 opposite] + Specimens of this type from the NUER in the P.-R.-Mus. A similar specimen from the SUK in Johnston’s "Uganda", vol. II, p. 848.

Card Catalogue Entry - no further details on card [RTS 26/1/2004].

Related Documents File - It is possible the donor has been incorrectly identified as Henry Balfour. In the Related Documents File is a list detailing: "Donors, or probable donors, of material entered under Mr. Balfour's name. 1942.1.430 - 440 shoes ?A. C. A. Wright" [MR 2/5/2000].

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