Typically carved from a single block of wood, the 'classical' form of this early Ashante stool consists of a curved seat supported by two circular structures with a central upright support. This central support, located at the midsection of the stool, features an openwork design of geometric motifs.
The stool has a deep patina originally coloured black and worn over time back to the brown golden colour of the wood.
Stools occupy a pivotal place in Ashante culture, playing an important role in life's milestones. For the Ashante ruler, the stool is a visual icon of leadership at the very centre of his personal and political life.
The Metropolitan Museum, 'Prestige Stool'