Stool or headrest

Stool or headrest

Accession Number:
?Sudan , ?Ethiopia , ?Kenya ?Uganda
[Southern Sudan?] South West Ethiopia Uganda-Kenya border
Date Made:
?By 1939
Wood Plant
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, carved from a strong branch, only a part of which has been left to form the rectangular seat, with two side branches forming the legs, one of which forks off again lower down.

The collector and donor of this item is not certain, but may have been Armine Charles Almroth Wright. The provenance is equally uncertain, but thought on stylistic grounds to be either south eastern Sudan, south western Ethiopia, or from the Uganda/Kenya border. It was accessioned in 1942.

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] 1942.1.439 - Stool, fashioned from a strong branch, only a portion of which is left for the [insert] rectangular [end insert] seat, with two side-branches, from the one of which again another side branch forks off thus making three legs. No provenance given. EAST AFRICA (probably from the same region as the preceding specimen) [= "(S.E. SUDAN, S.W. ABYSSINIA or UGANDA-KENYA border)."].

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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