Orator's stool of the Iatmul people of Papua New Guinea
Nobody sits in this stool. It is for ancestor spirits to sit in during important meetings. (D'ya think the folks at Apple leave an empty chair for Steve Jobs at board meetings?)
Photo taken at the "Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands," exhibit at Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California. Photo taken 2-15-2012.