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Armchair With New Upholstered Fabric | Jindřich Halabala | Up Závody | Czechoslovakia | 1950s

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Anatomical Plaster Bust | Louis M. Meusel | Sonnenberg | Germany | 1920's

André Costa | My height | 2020 | acrilic on plaster | 175x53x10cm

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© Carlos Lopes Franco

Tribal Ashanti Wooden Stool | Ghana | IXth century

These special tribal art wooden stools are traditionally made in the Ashanti culture. Usually these are made from one piece of wood, after which only the maker is allowed to use the stool, so there is an enormous diversity in the design of these stools and they are all unique! 

The stool is used as a symbol of chieftaincy (particularly male) in special and private occasions, and is seen as a symbol of royalty, custom and tradition.

It is carved into different sizes, shape and design to communicate a specific message of authority.

The traditional stool has a rectangular base with concentric rings of spider in the middle, a central support that communicates the message with figural representations as a symbolism of the stool and a carved seat on the central support where the person of authority sits on.

The stool has a great influence on when a leader assumes office and hence a popular term "enstoolment" is used.

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