Ghanaian Stool or ‘Asesedwa’
(Asesedwa as called in the Asante Twi language)
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.
Queen mothers may be seen in public sitting on the traditional stool as a seat of authority,
communicating messages about the nature of leadership.
The Ghanaian Stool or ‘Asesedwa’ is believed to have religious importance.
It is carved into different sizes, shape, and design to communicate a specific message of authority.
It is important in the Akan tradition because it highlights the sense of community, social and political life,
tradition and serving as a symbol of unity and solidarity,
believed to bind the souls of their kinsmen together in both the physical and metaphysical worlds.
The stool has a great influence on when a person assumes office and hence a popular term “enstoolment” is used.
The Mampongs have the traditional silver stool.
The carving process
- Cut down the specific tree
- cut the trees into logs
- dry the log for about two weeks
- The stool is carved requiring skill and creativity for approximately six to twelve months
- No addition of chemicals but are smoked for pest protection
The Ghanaian Stool or ‘Asesedwa’ are carved with traditional Adinkra symbols