Africa, early 20th century. Stools indicate status, power and succession of chiefs and kings. Carved from single blocks, Asante (or Ashanti) stools traditionally have crescent-shaped seats, flat bases and complex support structures, which exist in many designs with symbolic meaning. This design, known as a Mma Dwa, designates this as a woman's stool. Pierced pattern standing on four rests with a rectangular base.