Today is the first day of the World Cup soccer tournament! During the British colonization of Africa in the early 19th century, the sport of soccer was introduced to the continent. As the game increased in popularity, traditional African symbols depicted on chiefs’ stools gave way to symbols projecting Western influence and power. This intriguing stool depicts the feet of two opposing athletes, each poised to kick a ball. It is carved from a single piece of hardwood, with the exception of the ball, which actually spins. Currently on view in Gallery 40.
Stool, Ca. 1920–1930. Ghana, Asante people. Wood. Museum purchase, Volunteer Council Acquisition Fund. 1999.12
Scimitar chair by Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Scimitar chair, 1962. Made by Ivan Schlecter, Denmark. Via Christie’s
Cactus Chair carried by Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers
Valery herself as found on FB
Pièce Unique by Stephan Schror
#stephanschror, “pièce unique”, 1989 #piasaparis