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Ato Delaquis
THE DESCENT OF THE GOLDEN STOOL
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
29
Ato Delaquis
THE DESCENT OF THE GOLDEN STOOL
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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Ato Delaquis
B.1945
THE DESCENT OF THE GOLDEN STOOL
signed and dated 1979-80 (lower left and on the reverse)
oil on canvas
102 by 90cm., 40 by 35½in.
Painted in 1980
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Catalogue Note

According to Ashanti legend, the High Priest Okomfo Anokye caused the Golden Stool to descend from the sky heavens and land on the lap of Osei Tutu, the first Asante king, after the defeat of the rivalled Denkyera people. Now the royal throne, this stool is revered in Ashanti culture, and said to carry the spirit of the nation.

In Delaquis’s painting, we see a golden stool radiating from the sky as it cascades toward a crowd of people. The subjects are depicted with strong sculptural lines, and bear features in resemblance to traditional masks. On the left side of the painting, umbrellas can be seen with the largest umbrella belonging to the Asante king, Osei Tutu. Traditionally, royal servants surround each umbrella, and are responsible for catering to the needs of their chiefs and Asante King.

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London