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Royal Chair (Akonkromfi)

A work made of wood, brass, and leather.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


Probably mid–/late 19th century


Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

At the height of Asante power in the 18th and 19th centuries, a wide variety of decorative seats, ranging from stools to chairs and palanquins, were developed as symbols of rulership. The wooden frame of this akonkromfi chair is covered with brass knobs, tacks, and decorative repousséd sheeting. Akonkromfi means “praying mantis,” a reference to the chair’s crossed legs, which are derived from a European folding-chair prototype. Akonkromfi are mainly reserved for festive occasions, when they may be carried alongside a chief in procession or used to support the stool that is the ultimate symbol of his divinely sanctioned power.


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Royal Chair (Akonkromfi)


Ghana (Object made in)

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Wood, brass, and leather


96.5 × 61 × 53.3 cm (38 × 24 × 21 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Jamee J. and Marshall Field

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