Metal Covered Zoomorphic Asante African Stool 31″ Long – Ghana

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This stool was carved into the shape of an animal – potentially a leopard figure. It features a beautiful golden metal overlay that is covering the carved wood and curved seat. The stool has some minor imperfections including some dents and discoloration – please see photos. The stool measures 25.5 inches tall, 20 inches at its seat, 15.5 inches wide and 31 inches in length, and weighs 49 pounds.

Type of Object

Furniture, Stool

Country of Origin

Ghana

Ethnicity

Asante

Animal

Material

wood, metal

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

25.5" to top; 20" seat

Width

15.5"

Depth

31"

Weight

49lbs

Overall Condition

Some dents, discoloration and imperfections – see photos.

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Tribe Information

About the Asante People

“When they arrived on the coast of Ghana in 1471, Portuguese sailors were astonished by the highly structured kingdoms they encountered. This initial contact, along with the area’s reputation for being wealthy, encouraged Westerners to settle in the region and to trade bronze and European-manufactured objects for Ghanaian gold and slaves.”
“The first area, which lies along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is a flat plain covered with shrubs occasionally interrupted by lagoons. It is divided into numerous kingdoms of which the most well known are the Fante and the Ewe. The second area includes the central part of the country. It is a forest area where the most renowned tribes is undoubtedly the Asante (also known as the Ashanti). The Asante tribe, as well as other people living in central and south Ghana, speak the Twi language and collectively form the Akan people. The third area, in northern Ghana, is covered by the savannah and is the habitat of Gur-speaking people whose traditions and religions are still poorly understood.”

Sources:

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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