Royal Chair (Asipim)

A work made of wood, brass, and leather.

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  • A work made of wood, brass, and leather.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Asante
Ghana
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Within Asante society, asipim chairs signal the power and prestige of chiefs, who have the unique right to use them. The asipim’s low profile reflects the Asante preference for stools as seats of honor, while its shape and the decorative use of brass tacks, knobs, and finials document the assimilation of European forms and materials in the 18th and 19th centuries. The finely delineated motifs pressed into the brass covering the back of this chair refer to the owner’s status.

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Arts of Africa

Artist

Asante

Title

Royal Chair (Asipim)

Origin

Ghana

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood, brass, and leather

Dimensions

66.3 x 37.4 x 47 cm (26 1/8 x 14 3/4 x 18 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marshall Field

Reference Number

1998.158

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