|Collection||African Art Collection|
|Other Name||African Utility Stool|
Utility Stool. Ghana, West Africa. Has 4 rectangular legs supporting a flat eat. Each of the 4 legs have geometric carvings on the outer side as does the seat of the stool. A resemblance of a turtle's head projects out on one side of the stool. Appears worn from use.
Ceremonial stools are commonly used in different West African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria. These stools are the prerogative of kings and other ranking persons. Some are handed down from one chief to another or a new stool is made when a new chief assumes office. At meetings or gatherings, the chief sits on his stool to display his power and authority to the crowd. In some African cultures, the stool is the most important item of a chief's regalia/ They are often adorned with gold or silver strips, belts, and/or beads. To commemorate the death of a chief, some African cultures "smoke" or "blacken" the stool.