ASANTE (ASHANTI) ABSTRACT STOOLS 2

ASANTE
STOOL 41
9.75" high x17.25" wide
$1200

 

ASANTE
STOOL 43
13" high x 20.5" wide
$4500

 

ASANTE
STOOL 52
12.5" high x18.5" wide
$600 

 ASANTE
STOOL 55
9.5" high x17.75" wide
$300 

 ASANTE
STOOL 57
8.5" high x16.25" wide
$300 

ASANTE
STOOL 47
15" high x 21" wide
$450


 

ASANTE
STOOL 42
5.5" high x13.5" wide
$300 

 ASANTE
STOOL 58
6.25" high x12.5" wide
$200

 
Photographs © Tim Hamill

ASANTE (ASHANTI), CEREMONIAL STOOLS, Ghana

Stools indicate status, power and succession of chiefs and kings. Carved from single blocks, Asante (or Ashanti) stools traditionally have crescent-shaped seats, flat bases and complex support structures, which exist in many designs with symbolic meaning. Most had specific names and designated users. Asante stools are spiritual as well as practical. They were understood to be the seat of the owner's soul and when not in use were leaned against a wall so that other souls passing by would not settle on it. Stools were generally known as dua or dwa.

PLEASE NOTE: The damage/repair reports describe the worst damage even if it cannot be seen in the photos and details are included of any major problems. In spite of their damage all are stable enough to be used as stools.

Although all of the stools pictured here look and feel used, some were probably made to be sold.

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