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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    A sand-cast aluminium stool made from three separate sections locked together by a butterfly dovetail extrusion on the underside of the piece.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 2005
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 centimetres
    • Width: 40 centimetres
    • Depth: 24 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    "Secret Dovetail is a sand-cast aluminium stool made in three parts, a saddle shaped top dovetails into the two identical base pieces. This work takes as its starting point the carved wooden stools of the Ashanti and Yoruba peoples of West Africa; however, the choice of material and finish also references the craft of coach building for the car industry. A butterfly dovetail extrusion in the underside of the stool locks the three pieces in place - this detail is not visible and that gives the work its title, Secret Dovetail." - Taslim Martin


  • Location

    On display: G25/dc12

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased from Crafts Council London

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


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