Cook Islands Stool
width 14in (36cm), height 4in (10cm)
finely carved from a singular block of wood with the seat of arched rectangular form rising from four legs with pointed knees, each with flat, spade-shaped feet; fine varied reddish brown patina.
A mastery of Polynesian technology, these stools were used exclusively by high born individuals as status symbols on ceremonial occasions.
An Ariki family, Mauke Island, Cook Islands