Spider and Ashanti Stools

Among the indigenous peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, seemingly ordinary objects are often imbued with special cultural significance.

The humble stool is no exception.

 

Cut from the trunk of coffee shade trees and felled at the request of farmers when they become overgrown, spider stools are hand-carved in Cameroon using centuries-old techniques. The making of this stool brings artisans and agriculture together in a natural symbiosis, benefitting both. The stool’s intricate, web-like pattern references the creation story of Cameroon’s Bamileke/Bamoun ethnic group, in which the female spider wove a web which caught creation and gave life to the world. The spider is an important symbol for the Bamileke. Because it burrows in the ground, it is perceived as a link between the living world and that of the afterlife. Spider stools were often utilized by nobility and those seeking audience in the royal court. As the Bamileke kingdom expanded over time, craftsmen made the stools more transportable so they could be carried from place to place. The resulting scale and openness of the design make spiders stools a distinctive addition to any room.

  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool
    18.5 x 22.5 x 13.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved Sold
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool
    18.5 x 22.25 x 13.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved Sold
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    14.5 x 15.5 x 15.5 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table "The Knot", Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    12.5 x 21.5 x 12.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    15 x 17 x 17 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    15 x 24.5 x 10.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    16 x 16 x 16 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    16 x 16 x 16 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    16 x 16 x 16 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    15 x 16 x 16 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    16 x 17 x 17 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    15 x 17 x 17 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    15 x 17 x 17 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    16 x 17 x 17 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    16 x 17 x 17 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    19.5 x 28 x 15 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Figurative Stool
    16 x 14.5 x 14.5 ″ Hardwood / hand carved cultural stool.
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    16 x 21 x 10.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    14.5 x 24 x 13 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    20 x 26 x 14.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    17 x 18 x 18 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    17 x 19 x 19 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    16 x 20 x 20 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    14.5 x 20.5 x 10.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool
    14.5 x 20.5 x 12 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    17.5 x 21.5 x 13 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • AFRICAN SPIDER BAMILIKI STOOL TABLE
    18 x 20 x 20 ″ COFFEE TREE WOOD / HAND CARVED BY SKILLED ARTISANS.
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    13.5 x 22 x 11 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool
    15 x 20.25 x 10.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    11.5 x 19 x 9.5 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool
    14.5 x 20.5 x 9 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    12 x 20.5 x 9 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Iconic Utilitarian Table, Ashanti Ancestor Stool, Ghana, West Africa
    13.5 x 20 x 8 ″ Hard wood / Hand carved
  • Figurative Stool
    17 x 22.5 x 10 ″ Hardwood ,Silver alloy / hand carved cultural stool.
  • Royal Ashanti Figurative Stool
    18.5 x 22 x 10 ″ Hardwood , Silver Metal Alloy / hand carved cultural stool.