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Model, Seat, D2012.54

Physical Description

Wooden, carved stool. Fine light wood, smoothly finished. Thin, curved seat, with four small triangles incised on top. Middle attachment, four square holes. Flat two tiered base. Written on base.: "Stool of NFRAMADAI, Ashanti." Likely this means that this style of stool is of a type used by this title or name (Nframadai), OR that this style of stool is called 'Nframadai)

Research Notes

Ghana, West Africa (stated as collected near "Accra").

Model of traditional Ashanti stool. Stools of this general style were (and to some extent still are) symbols of authority, symbol of one's standing within the culture. The specific design of each stool has specific meaning - tells a story, reflects a myth.

Wooden, carved stool. Fine light wood, smoothly finished. Thin, curved seat, with four small triangles incised on top. Middle attachment, four square holes. Flat two tiered base. Written on base.: "Stool of NFRAMADAI, Ashanti." Likely this means that this style of stool is of a type used by this title or name (Nframadai), OR that this style of stool is called 'Nframadai). Nicely carved and in good condition.

Height at centre = approx. 39.1mm. Width across seat (side to side) = approx. 72.4mm. Width of seat (front to back) = approx. 28.5mm. —Joel A Vanderburg

Provenance

Collected from coastal fringe near Accra

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 46 x 74 x 31mm

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