Royal Chair (Akonkromfi)

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

Date:

Probably mid–/late 19th century

Artist:

Asante
Ghana
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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Artist

Asante

Title

Royal Chair (Akonkromfi)

Origin

Ghana

Date

1850–1875

Medium

Wood, brass, and leather

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field

Reference Number

2000.347

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