This is a beautifully carved stool from the Ashanti tribe who are part of the Akan ethnic group and are native to the Ashanti Region of modern-day Ghana. It has a couple of repairs, however this doesn't detract from its charm and appearance.
Ashanti stools are hand-carved from a single piece of indigenous wood. The design and geometric shapes and patterns used to decorate it tell a story, and although some of these historic meanings have been lost to time, new interpretations continue. These stools are believed to connect the owners with their souls and are laid on their sides when not in use, to prevent other people sitting on them or malicious spirits to attach themselves to them.
H: 43cm W: 56cm D: 33cm
First quarter 20th Century
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