For Students K-12
Look carefully at the figures. How do the male and female figures differ? Do they stand in a natural way? Try taking the pose yourself and describe how you feel.
Describe the structure of the stool as a whole. Why do you think that the artist carved four legs and a shaft in the center? The stool as a whole describes the structure of the world. The base is the earth; the seat is the sky; and the shaft is the central tree or supporting axis of the world. The four outside legs represent the cardinal directions.
How do you think it would feel to sit on this stool?
Do you have a special chair or piece of furniture at home? What makes it special?