This fine early stool depicts an elephant - an Ashanti symbol of power and strength. Carved from a heavy brown wood, this large, impressive stool had a spiritual meaning alongside its functional use. In Ashanti society, it is custom for every man and woman to have their own stool, which also served as the seat of the owner's soul.
Ex Private Collection, UK
Estimated Period: First Quarter of 20th Century
There is a missing piece to one of the corners, as shown in the photographs.
Sandro Bocola, Afrikanische Sitze, pp.35-36
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