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Stool

Ashante, Ghana

Stool. Ashante Culture, Ghana

This Ashante stool from Ghana features an unusual motif depicting a bird of prey. The surface of this stool exhibits a lovely smooth, golden patina.

Ex Private Collection, Switzerland

Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century

It was the Ashante custom for every man and woman to have their own stool. Alongside their pragmatic use, the stools also have a spiritual meaning. They served as the seat of the owner’s soul. When the stool was not used, it was leaned against a wall in order to prevent other ‘souls’ passing by from sitting on it. Should a high dignitary pass away, they stool would be dyed black. This piece of furniture thus became a sacred object of recollection, of remembering one’s ancestors. It would hence be venerated, sacrificed and no one was allowed to sit on it.

Reference:

Sandro Bocola, 'Afrikanische Sitze' pp. 35-36

Condition Report: 

There has been restoration work to parts of this stool

 

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