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African Ashanti Stool

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SKU

2ASU

Retail price

$650

DIMENSIONS

17.5 x 8 x 8″ high. 

DESCRIPTION

Lovely patina on this antique Ashanti bench or stool, hand carved from a single piece of wood from West Africa. Early 20th Century. The seat is 8” high and the sides 11” high.

This bench was sourced in the spirit of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy that beauty can be found in imperfection and impermanence. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. A beauty of things unconventional. It is the opposite of vulgarity. The costs of achieving this kind of minimalism are seemingly inconsistent with its mission of aesthetic humility. This kind of luxury is for a select few: The Emperor of Japan had a wabi garden. Wabi is for people who already have a lot.