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African Ashanti Stool

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Top 25″ wide x 13″ deep x seat 16″ high x 18″ highest section. Platform is 21″ wide x 9″ deep.


Lovely patina on this antique bench or stool hand carved from a single piece of wood from West Africa. Early 20th Century.

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.