This is the signature stool of the Ashanti people, and is even depicted on their flag. Each one is carved from a single piece of Alstonia boonei wood, shaped with a crescent-shaped seat, flat base and architecturally ingenious support structure. The king's version, or "golden stool" would have been inlaid with gold, and well-hidden between use to insure that no one else sat upon it. This pure wood example would have been for the chief of a village, and at his funeral, would have been blackened with ox blood. For us at Archeo, the Ashanti stool is a harmonious sculpture and an object of beauty enriched by story.