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Asante Royal Stool with Face in Base Ghana African Art

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Title Asante Royal Stool with Face in Base Ghana Africa
Type of Object Stool, chair, artifact
Country of Origin Ghana and Nigeria
People Asante
Materials Wood
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 20.5 inches long x 13 inches tall x 9.5 inches wide
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair one corner chipped and repaired. chips, scrapes. repaired cracks in base


Additional Information: These stools were made for chiefs and important people, and were considered important state regalia. They are called "dwas." They were believed to contain the soul of the owner. The seats were crescent-shaped, and the stool was carved from a single piece of wood.


Among the Akan, a well-carved stool such as this serves multiple purposes, in addition to providing a well-designed seat to sit upon. Among the Akan, when a daughter reaches the age of puberty, her father is expected to give her a stool that becomes not only her property, but also identification with her soul and being. Often stools will be seen with their upper corners worn from being leaned up against the wall or laid down on their sides, all to prevent some one else from sitting on it or worse a malevolent spirit could take charge of the stool and the owner’s spirit. Stools are also identified with the various royal states as each state will have it’s own design as will their king and queen mother. Stools often have proverbs or sayings or historical events identified with them. In fact, the skulls of defeated enemies were often attached to the stools of a victorious king! Stools start out as a white wood and through time take on a burnished and well-worn hue, as this stool and it must be noted that Akan stools are carved from a single piece of wood reflecting the skill and talent of the stool carvers and not nailed together like European chairs. Designs of stools may vary depending on the inventiveness of the stool carver, and today many of the historical forms are either forgotten or interpreted anew.


Recommended Reading: See a wonderful article on these stools is Cloe and Ross's "THE ARTS OF GHANA," and "AFRICAN SEATS," edited by Bocola.