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Ashanti Stool

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Ashanti Stool

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A rarely seen figural Ashanti Stool. Made of African hardwood and carved out of a single block, these stools have deep spiritual significance to the Ashanti people. The belief is that the stool is 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. Though heavy in symbolism these stools also offer utility. This particular stool is quite sizable and offers a comfortable perch for anyone needing a rest. The figure is beautifully carved. The face gazes out with a peaceful expression even though the figure is clearly subordinate to the potential sitter above. Interestingly, the void below the figure is where all the weight from above should be borne. Instead, the load is transferred through the back and down the arms and legs of this powerful sculpture. Originally purchased at Paul Ferrante in Los Angeles in 1984. c. 1950's-1970's

Condition
EXCELLENT, wear consistent with age and use

Measurements
24" w x 14" d x 14.5" h

 

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A rarely seen figural Ashanti Stool. Made of African hardwood and carved out of a single block, these stools have deep spiritual significance to the Ashanti people. The belief is that the stool is 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. Though heavy in symbolism these stools also offer utility. This particular stool is quite sizable and offers a comfortable perch for anyone needing a rest. The figure is beautifully carved. The face gazes out with a peaceful expression even though the figure is clearly subordinate to the potential sitter above. Interestingly, the void below the figure is where all the weight from above should be borne. Instead, the load is transferred through the back and down the arms and legs of this powerful sculpture. Originally purchased at Paul Ferrante in Los Angeles in 1984. c. 1950's-1970's

Condition
EXCELLENT, wear consistent with age and use

Measurements
24" w x 14" d x 14.5" h