Hand-carved Ashanti Stool (Ghana)

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A symbol of unity in the ancient Ashanti empire, the original Ashanti stool was made from gold.

Our distinctive Ashanti stool is available in five authentic African symbols:
    Sankofa: Adinkra symbols meaning,'Never forget where you come from regardless of your success.'

    Gye Nyame: Adinkra symbol meaning,'God the Omnipotent.'

    Crocodile: Depicts crossed crocodiles that symbolize the Ashanti proverb,'We share one stomach, yet we fight over food.'
The stool's design reflects modern style and ancient traditions, incorporating indigenous resources, creating opportunity for local artists, and supporting the development of their economy.

The Story Behind the Product

Akwasi Agyeman was born into a family of 12 children in the small tribal village of Foase in Ghana, West Africa. The family was so poor that Akwasi was limited to only a 7th grade education in order to help his father farm to feed the family. In 7th grade his teacher asked each of them to make something for art class. Akwasi produced a Fertility Doll as his project and amazed the teacher. Akwasi knew then he had a natural talent for carving. After ten years and with the help of Fair trade Akwasi is now married with two handsome boys. He employs 15 people and has built a small three bedroom house for his family. Akwasi and his fellow artisans hope you enjoy their work.

What is Worldstock?

The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.


Style Classic Novelty Traditional Vintage
Material Mahogany Wood
Worldstock Country Ghana
Furniture Frame Material Wood
Furniture Pattern Solid
Dimensions 21 � L x 17 � W x 10 � H
Materials Wood
Model Number AC083-A

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  • Awesome piece....

    This was so much better than I expected. I get loads of compliments, it works as an accent piece, for an end table, for extra seating, or for a conversation piece.

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  • Happy with item

    bought this for the "redo" of our 18-year-old son's room...he loves it, including the appropriate "meaning" of the design. it is a "cool" item, and we would buy again.

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  • Fits our need

    I purchased this to put by the front door for people to sit on when taking off and putting on their shoes when entering our home. I neede something small, and this is perfect!

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  • nice stool

    it came in a different design and it's small, but I like it and it works well for where I've placed it.

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  • Not exactly as pictured, but perfect for me

    I needed something small for my back entry to sit and take shoes off. This is the perfect size but the finish is nothing like the picture. I expected a brown stain and what I got was black paint. This was a little disappointing, and I am waiting to see if it rubs off on the seat of someone's pants. Overall I am very happy with the stool, I like the carving, but I am considering sanding off the finish. I have many other international pieces that I picked up overseas and many have dubious finishing so this doesn't worry me too much.

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  • A Throne to be Beheld!

    This piece was my first order from Overstock. I was looking specifically for a throne as this and a search engine lead me to O. The price was great and I'd hoped that the value for the price would be equally so. I am NOT disappointed. It arrived quickly: I ordered on a Sunday night, and it has arrived within 5 days. It was well packed to avoid any damage. I was pleasantly surprised at the size. I knew it would be compact, but it was actually larger than I expected given the measurements: it can be a fully intergrated seat in your decor scheme. I have another stool and that one is miniature in comparision. This piece fits right where I'd planned it to go and looks great!! It is also a sturdy piece. I am tall and weigh greater than 200 pounds and I had/have no qualms about sitting on it. It supports me and is a comfortable seating height. I will be ordering another to complement this piece and to be used in another part of my home. I purchased the Sankofa style: I counted on and am glad that the color is a dark coffee/espresso color instead of the reddish brown which it appeared on my screen. The finish is beautiful and natural. Thank you O for making my purchase so great and easy!!

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  • much smaller than expected

    I got the Sankofa, which looks nothing like the picture. It's a dull espresso color with an uneven finish. I know overstock stated that the products have slight variations in form and sizing, but I didn't think it'd be off by this much. The exact measurements of my piece are: 20.75L x 11W x 15.75H. I already had in mind where I'd put it, but now due to the size difference it'd just look funny. This pricey stool is below my expectations, but I'm still going to try to find a place for it.

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  • Solidly built. Some blemish characteristic of a handmade piece. Rustic in nature, and the color is darker than pictured. I am not sure if it's priced fairly.

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  • Fascinating&Functional >>>

    This carving arrived EXCELLENTLY packaged and in a timely fashion. It is a beautifully carved - and sturdy! -stool (considerably darker than it appears in the photo and "hollowed-out", making the piece much more interesting than I imagined). I would recommend the temptation to "find a better deal" --- I did and regretted it. This is the "real" deal...and overstock.com has proven to be a reputable merchant that has proven reliably consistent over time.

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  • Unfortunately, I had to return this product b/c the craftmanship was not what I expected. Although I did expect a "rustic" hand-carved look,the wood was to "chipped up" at the base of the stool (and other places) and not at all carved. In addition, the wood was cracked near the top where the sides curve upward.

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