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Model, Seat, D2012.55

Physical Description

Wooden, carved stool. Fine, light wood, smoothly finished. Thin, curved seat, four small triangles incised on top. Middle section, two vertical straight sections, with two bent supports. Flat, tiered base. Written on base : "Queen Mother's Stool, Ashanti".

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, four small triangles incised on top. Middle section, two vertical straight sections, with two bent supports. Flat, tiered base. Written on base : "Queen Mother's Stool, Ashanti". General appearance is of a nicely carved model, little handled, and in good condition.

Height at centre = approx. 36.3mm. Width across seat (side to side) = approx. 73.0mm. Width of seat (front to back) = approx. 28.7mm. —Joel A Vanderburg

Provenance

Collected from coastal fringe near Accra

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 42 x 72 x 33mm

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