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Asante stool, Ghana
19" long x 11" tall x 8" wide
ex private collection, US
mid 20th century, definite signs of age and use
A nice stool in a classic style. Some areas of damage which are all visible in the photos.
All Asante stools have the same basic form, with variations in the central support. Carved with the grain running
horizontally, a central column rises from a stepped base to support a curved rectangular seat. Asante stools
resemble those used on the Dahomey coast during the 19th century. Whereas stools with central supports in the
form of a leopard or elephant signified royal powers, this one probably belonged to a commoner for everyday
Every Akan person has a personal stool carved for them. Nobody else may sit on that stool, for it contains the
personal power of the owner. The deceased person is washed on their stool before burial, and it is then placed
on its side in a shrine where family members can leave offerings to the deceased.