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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Ashanti or South Akan tribe

State sword (afena) nineteenth century

RCIN 62823

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Ceremonial stools of this kind were made by the Ashanti people for important chiefs and officeholders. They derive from the foremost symbol of the Ashanti kingdom, the Golden Stool, which according to tradition descended from heaven in the seventeenth century. The divine stool was not used as a seat but instead was displayed on a chair of its own during court ceremonies.

It was presented to Queen Elizabeth II by the Government of Ghana during her State Visit to Ghana, 9–20 November 1961.