Adioukrou N'gatty Royal Leopard Stool
- Tribe: Adioukrou
- Origin: Dabou Region of Ivory Coast
- Approx Age: carved in 1965
- Materials: Wood, brass studs
- Dimensions cm: 117 long x 63 to top of the umbrella
- Ref. Number: 0719
A very rare Adioukrou N’gatty royal leopard stool, this is absolutely beautiful! It is a symbol of ancestor worship to bring rain and happiness and was always out for use of the royal couple during initiation ceremonies of the new generation. This was acquired from the Chief of a village in the Dabou region which is South West, Ivory Coast. This stool was carved in 1965 for the people of the village.
The leopard was carved to represent real strength, the feet are not flat at the bottom but it was never carved for gallery purposes! The beautiful figure on the back holding the umbrella is totally removable, she is sat in a small hole to secure balance, and has articulated arms, she wears an array of beautiful glass beads for a necklaces and also has been adorned with brass studs. The leopard also has a removable bird (chicken / rooster) in its mouth held by a stick of wood. The tail has had a tribal repair but a very long time ago looking at the way it has been bound and repaired.
The seat of this stool we had professionally restored as it had a break in it and that is the only reason that we managed to acquire it as a new one had been carved for further ceremonies. Please see detail in photos.
The Adioukrou are a population of Ivory Coast, located in the south of the country, specifically in the Lagunes and Dabou region. The Adioukrou are related to the Akan people.
The Adjoukrou people are characterised by traditional cultural practices to which it remains committed, despite modernism related developments. Among these traditions include the Low feast, celebrated on a period of 3 to 5 weeks and for young men aged from 20 to 22 years. They acquire adult status after the ceremony and the ability to assume social responsibility and the right to participate in any war involving such village.
“Ladened with gold, a prominent woman of the Ivory Coast’s Adioukrou people – distant relatives of the Asante – displays a third of the ornaments in her jewellery chest. Gold dust, once prized as currency, flecks her face on a day when she and her husband are honoured for reaching a noteworthy level of wealth” – The National Geographic.
As the Adioukrou are neighbours to the Baule and Asante their works of art are quite similar too, and to differentiate can be quite difficult as the figures of ancestors and spirit spouses look almost identical to Baule art.