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FINE IBO STOOL
According to Herbert M. Cole and Chike C. Aniakor (in Igbo Arts-community and Cosmos, Los Angeles, 1984, p.49), Ozo confer on its ranks the right to wear and use certain items of dress and display which make status visibly and audibly apparent. Among these items are stools and staffs. Both are subject to hierarchical ideas and/or local conventions about which design should accompany which specific rank. It would seem that three and four-legged stools, still the most common and widely distributed, are those generally assigned to high titles. Perhaps when still higher ranks were created, carvers responded with more elaborate, tiered, openwork examples. Or perhaps, it was the artist's playful, innovative spirit that resulted in complex stools with intersecting supports. Whatever the origin of different stool types, the Ozo institution made them mandatory, as titled men were forbidden to sit on the ground. And whilst stools were carved in many Ibo communities, Awka carvers are the best known.