Man's Personal Stool


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Artifact Identification Man's Personal Stool   (1972.07.0017)
  1. Furnishings
  2. :
  3. Furniture
  4. :
  5. Seating Furniture
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Colonial, 20th century
Culture Asante, Ashanti, Akan
Location On Exhibitin the Africa exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 37.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Height) 41.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 25.0 cm
Weight 5577 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising
Munsell Color Information Moderate Brown (7.5 Y R 4/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

THE SOUL OF THE PEOPLE: The Asantehene, the king of the Ashanti nation, is both the secular and the holy leader of his people. His position is symbolized by the Golden Stool of the Ashanti people. This stool is believed to house the collective soul of the people. In a like manner, the stools of lesser nobles and chiefs carry a significance beyond the merely utilitarian. (7) Wooden stool. Ashanti. 72.7.17

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Cole, Herbert M. and Doran H. Ross. The Arts of Ghana. Los Angeles: University of California, 1977. Sieber, Roy. African Art in the Cycle of Life. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Inst. Press. p. 90 Garrard, Timothy. Gold of Africa. 1989 Another useful book dealt with African furniture, but I forgot its correct name. It may have been called African Furniture. There is a book (from exhibition) dealing with chairs only - "African Seats" published by the Smithsonian.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Gift of Norman and Carole Thomas
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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