Finial for a staff - 2014.59.33_1


Finial for a staff

Maker: Boatey
Medium:Carved wood, golden foil
Geography: Kumasi, Ghana
Date: 2014
31 x 13 x 12 cm
Object number: 2014.59.33
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Department of Museum Volunteers Acquisition and Research Fund
Not on view

Staff finial carved out of one piece of wood, covered in gold-coloured leaf representing a man scraping the bark of a tree while balancing a bowl on his left knee. The interpretation of this staff, found in Doran Ross 2002, reads, "If one man scrapes the bark off a tree, it will fall to the ground. The bark in this case, is considered medicinal and there are prescriptions against it touching the earth. The image stresses the need for a second person working with the first to complete the task successfully." (Ross 2002, p.98). This staff finial was purchased in a regalia store near the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi that caters to title holders in the broader Ashanti Region. This particular finial was made by master carver Boatey.

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