Furniture - Throne Ottomans
Artisan Crafted Gifts and Decor From Around the WorldThese Furniture - Throne Ottomans - are available from Novica who in association with National Geographic bring a whole range of handcrafted items from small scale crafts workshops, often run by a single craft worker in the developing world.
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Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Always Ready' (Ghana)
Carved by hand, this handsome Ashanti throne ottoman reveals Adinkra symbols on its base. The Pempamsie Adinkra symbolizes precaution and readiness. Nana Frimpong works in African sese wood, giving it a pale blonde finish.
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Chemu Lagoon' (Ghana)
Chemu Lagoon lies near Accra, Ghana's capital, and its beauty proves impetus for this traditional throne by Nana Frimpong. The piece is carved by hand from local sese wood, its deep grain accentuated by a finish of mansion polish. A Gye Nyame symbol
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Daakye Hemaa' (Ghana)
Kwadwo Antwi designs a magnificent stool for an Akan Daakye Hemaa (future queen) featuring the legendary Gye Nyame symbol supporting the seat. Meaning "except God," this Adinkra symbol proclaims God's supremacy. Antwi carves the sese wood stool by ha
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Decisions' (Ghana)
This magnificent sese wood throne by Nana Frimpong illustrates a West African saying. Meko anaa menko is a statement in the Akan language that means "the decision to go or not to go depends upon whether or not you are subordinate to anybody." Traditi
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Four Faces' (Ghana)
Nana Frimpong describes this piece as a family throne, the four faces carved on the pedestal symbolizing love and unity. Representing the designs of the Ashanti royalty of Ghana, the carving is hewn from local sese wood and polished to exalt the mate
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Friend' (Ghana)
Inspired by ancient custom, Nana Frimpong presents this exceptional ottoman in the style of regal Ashanti thrones. Frimpong carves this piece by hand of sese wood, his expertise evident in the fine detailing of the motifs that celebrate his adanfo, m
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Mmaa Gwa' (Ghana)
A gift of love and respect, this stool is designed for a husband to give his wife, according to West African traditions. Akin to a throne, the stool is hand-carved from African sese wood and adorned with elaborate brass plates. On the seat the stool
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'No Fear' (Ghana)
Nana Frimpong transforms African sese wood into a handsome Ashanti throne. Traditionally used by West African royalty, its base features the Gye Nyame Adinkra symbol. With its rotating movements, it is understood as "I fear none except God."
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Nyansapo' (Ghana)
Kwadwo Antwi designs a magnificent stool centered by the legendary Nyansapo Adrinka symbol meaning "wisdom knot." Its significance implies that if one can undo a knot made by a wise person, then surely that person is just as wise, if not wiser than t
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Strength of Heart' (Ghana)
This hand-carved throne is originally crafted exclusively for royalty. Nana Frimpong, the current Ashanti king's wood carver, bases the design of the throne on a vision from heaven conjured by Okomfo Anokye, an Ashanti high priest. Once the tradition
Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Sunflower' (Ghana)
A cross graces the center of a stylized sunflower carved on dark sese wood. The motif adorns an ottoman by Salihu Ibrahim, inspired by West African thrones. Its dimensions make it perfect as a footstool or for a child's room.
Beaded throne ottoman, 'Wisdom of Ghana' (Ghana)
Traditional Ghanaian Adinkra symbols cover this captivating throne ottoman by Abdul Karim Star. The central image represents sankofa, meaning "go back to your roots," a message conveyed through the form of a bird with its head tilted backwards. On ei
Cedar throne ottoman, 'Wisdom Knot II' (Ghana)
The Akans call it Nyansapow, "Wisdom Knot." In Ghana, tradition says that if you will undo a knot a wise man made, be sure you are at least as wise or wiser. Skillfully carved from cedar by Nana Frimpong, this stately stool portrays oneness among the
Mahogany wood stool ottoman, 'Wisdom and Hope' (Ghana)
Chief Carver Nana Frimpong honors Ashanti traditions with the design of this regal stool. He carves it by hand with sublime artistic finesse from mahogany, its noble grain ideal for the symbolic meaning of the design. It is centered by the Nyansa po
Throne ottoman, 'Young Woman' (Ghana)
Reserved for a young woman's transition to adulthood, this graceful throne ottoman comes from Samuel and Francis Agbetey. They name the piece Bragoro, Akan for the puberty rites before a girl's marriage. Apart from their everyday use as furniture, st
Wood throne ottoman, 'Freedom of Speech' (Ghana)
In the language of the Akan people, Kabi ma me nkabi means "freedom of speech." Its concept inspires this handsome Ashanti throne ottoman, sculpted of sese wood by Nana Frimpong. The flared seat shows lavish geometric engravings, and the exquisite pi
Wood throne ottoman, 'Give Me Your Heart' (Ghana)
Interlocking rings suggest strong ties; they are the West African symbol of unity. Expertly sculpted in sese wood, they grace a traditional Ashanti throne ottoman. Nana Frimpong names this handcrafted piece Fa wakoma ma me, which means "give me your
Wood throne ottoman, 'Swift Shark' (Ghana)
Cruising across dark sese wood, a shark plies quiet waters. The motif adorns a hand-carved ottoman inspired by West African thrones. Salihu Ibrahim presents a beautiful piece; its dimensions make it perfect as a footstool or for a child's room.
Wood throne, 'African Guardian' (Ghana)
Bold and handsome, a warrior stands guard in this design by Salihu Ibrahim. Inspired by traditional West African thrones, he transforms sese wood into a footstool or child's ottoman.
Wood throne, 'African Sun' (Ghana)
Sunrays surround an oval stool in a radiant design by Salihu Ibrahim. Inspired by traditional West African thrones, he transforms sese wood into a footstool or child's ottoman.
Wood throne, 'African Target' (Ghana)
Outlined in a pale straw color, carved wood coils suggest a target. The motif adorns an ottoman by Salihu Ibrahim, inspired by West African thrones. Its dimensions make it perfect as a footstool.