Carved wooden stool made from single block of wood. Two human figures, a man and a woman, stand on top of a circular base, with a circular top resting on their heads. The base and top are covered in intricate incised decoration. Both human figures are clothed.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander sculpture
H 400 x W 151 mm
History and use
The stool is carved in traditional style, using a single piece of wood to create the two human figures attached to a solid base and top. The intricate, delicate incised detail on the top of the stool is also in Massim style, composed of clan specific symbols. The figures are dressed in western clothing, symbolic of the influence of western culture and commercial tourist trade in Papua New Guinea.
This object was part of a larger donation made to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012, on behalf of the estate of Len and Catherine Lawler.