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Akan Leadership Arts

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Queen Mother’s stool, Kumase, Ghana, 1980. Photo by Doran H. Ross.


The Asantehemaa, the queen mother of the Asante nation, has her own court and regalia. Instead of an umbrella she is surrounded by fan bearers when carried in her palanquin. The queen mother also has her own royal stool covered in silver with stamped and repoussé decoration. Stool designs, like much Akan art, are named, although the design seen here is simply called “woman's stool.” The silver letters at the base of the central column are said to bind the soul of the queen mother to her stool.