Asante Kotoro Dwa Stool

Asante Kotoro Dwa stool   “The Porcupine Stool”, the porcupine is a symbol of the Asante nation: meaning if one is killed, there are hundreds following.

Tribe: Asante / Ashanti

Origin: Ghana

Approx Age: Later 20th Century

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 50 long x 25.5 wide x 28 tall

Ref. Number: 0431

£300.00

Description:
A beautiful later 20th Century Asante Kotoro Dwa stool. With Asante / Ashanti stools there are many variations and having many different meanings. This Kotoro Dwa stool,  “The Porcupine Stool”, the porcupine is a symbol of the Asante nation: meaning if one is killed, there are hundreds following. It embodies the notion of readiness to defend one’s nation. Reference from African Seats by Sandro Bocola

History

Each stool is made from a single block of the wood of Alstonia Boonei (a tall forest tree with numinous associations) and carved with a crescent-shaped seat, flat base and complex support structure. The many designs and symbolic meanings mean that every stool is unique; each has a different meaning for the person whose soul it seats. Some designs contain animal shapes or images that recall the person who used it. The general shape of Asante stools has been copied by other cultures and sold worldwide.

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. Most had specific names and designated users. Asante stools are spiritual as well as practical. They were understood to be the seat of the owner’s soul and when not in use were leaned against a wall so that other souls passing by would not settle on it.

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