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The Power of Proverbs – Ashanti Linguist's Staffs

Friday, June 09, 2017

In the Ashanti kingdom, royal dignitaries called Akyeame are responsible for relating the king's words to the people through proverbs , a highly valued oral tradition. To symbolize their position, Akyeame hold staffs with hand carved finials, each representing a well known proverb, story or moral lesson. The visual language conveyed by the staff finials is an art form in its own right, recognized and celebrated by all in the kingdom....

Sitting on Gold – Ashanti Stools

Friday, June 03, 2016

While the exact origin of the Golden Stool is unknown outside of legends, it came to symbolize the central role of carved wooden stools in the Ashanti culture. Not only are they functional objects, but also integral to Ashanti spiritual and religious customs....

You Get the Message? – Ashanti Linguist's Staffs

Friday, September 25, 2015

In the Ashanti kingdom, royal dignitaries called Akyeame are responsible for relating the king's words to the people through proverbs , a highly valued oral tradition. To symbolize their position, Akyeame hold staffs with hand carved finials, each representing a well known proverb, story or moral lesson. The visual language conveyed by the staff finials is an art form in its own right, recognized and celebrated by all in the kingdom....

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER