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dc.contributor.advisorBlier, Suzanne Preston
dc.contributor.authorHale, Catherine Meredith
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-04T21:09:40Z
dash.embargo.terms2017-06-07en_US
dash.embargo.terms2017-06-07
dc.date.issued2013-09-04
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.citationHale, Catherine Meredith. 2013. Asante Stools and the Matrilineage. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11004en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11004913
dc.description.abstractDiscussions of Asante stools in Western literature and museum records have focused exclusively on their association with male chiefs. My research, which combines archival and oral histories, and sets the existing literature and documentation on stools in comparative perspective, reframes existing thinking by asserting that asese dwa (sing. sese dwa), or conventional Asante stools, are intimately connected with women, and especially, queen mothers. Although the stool today is known widely as a symbol of male chieftaincy, chiefs do not sit on them in public. They use them only in very specific private spheres. It is queen mothers who sit on stools publically as seats of authority. The physical form of the stool, especially the mmaa dwa or "woman's stool" is a powerful symbol of female fecundity and the propagation of the Asante peoples. By exploring queen mother’s archives of stools and their dynamic uses of them, I present a more expansive history of these important cultural objects that challenges the taxonomies established by R. S. Rattray (1927) and others during the twentieth century. Contrary to the clearly defined hierarchies of symbolism, materials and structure that have informed assessments of historical stools in the West, Asante queen mothers have commissioned and used stools in an ongoing and context-dependent process of negotiation for at least a century. In this dissertation I explore the history of Asante stools since the late-nineteenth century through the lens of queen mothers’ perspectives.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHistory of Art and Architectureen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectArt historyen_US
dc.subjectAfrican studiesen_US
dc.subjectAsanteen_US
dc.subjectMatrilineageen_US
dc.subjectQueen mothersen_US
dc.subjectStoolsen_US
dc.titleAsante Stools and the Matrilineageen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorHale, Catherine Meredith
dc.date.available2017-06-07T07:30:46Z
thesis.degree.date2013en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory of Art and Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCummins, Thomasen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBecker, Cynthiaen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedHale, Catherine Meredith


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