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.
Approx Age: Later 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 50 long x 25.5 wide x 28 tall
Ref. Number: 0431
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
Each stool is made from a single block of the wood of Alstonia B
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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