Thursday, 27 October 2011

Object of Desire: Royal Stool With Figural Group

Ghana, West Africa

Early 20th Century
For the Asante (the largest, most well-known peoples among the Akan) the stool is the central object of their spiritual lives. Alongside their purely practical purpose, stools also had a spiritual significance; they were regarded as the seat of their owner's soul. When unoccupied, the stool would be tipped on its side so that no alien force could occupy it and thus contaminate the owner's soul.


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