CEREMONIAL STOOL NO. 28
10.5" high x16.5" wide
Stools indicate status, power and succession of chiefs and kings. Carved from single blocks, Asante (or Ashanti) stools traditionally have crescent-shaped seats, flat bases and complex support structures, which exist in many designs with symbolic meaning.
This design, known as a Ahema Dwa, designates this as a queen mother's stool.
Although this stool appears to be authentic, it has an awkwardly repaired crack on the back and a broken off triangular element (see detail). The surface is dry looking, except on the top where it is worn much smoother.