Graceful stools like this, carved from a single piece of wood, belonged to chiefs; all others sat on the floor. The scalloped corners of the stool occur on only one other known example. This unique detail may have been an original design, a local variation, or perhaps a later cosmetic solution to a chipped edge.
- Culture: Atiu
- Medium: Wood
- Place Made: Atiu, Cook Islands
- Dates: 19th century
- Dimensions: 5 x 16 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (12.7 x 42.5 x 21 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of the Pacific Islands
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 75.78
- Credit Line: Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund and by exchange
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Atiu. Stool, 19th century. Wood, 5 x 16 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (12.7 x 42.5 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund and by exchange, 75.78. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Rectangular shaped wooden stool with two upward curving sides; the four corners are cut-out in a simple curved design. It rests on four short legs which slope outward and end in platform feet, rounded at the front and coming to a point at the rear. The feet face outward at each end. Condition: Stool is deeply patinated with top surface having many old scratches, wear and several old chips on one edge. Underside of feet lack patina. Few scattered nicks on underside.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)