ASHANTI ASIPIM CHIEFS CHAIR, GHANA
Ashanti Asipim, (which means "I stand firm" in Asanti twi and is a low royal chair in Asante society. They are often seen in Asante royal courts leaning against a wall when not in use. It is a sign of power and prestige exclusively used by chiefs. Chiefs sit on it during public and private occasions as their subjects sit on the ground. Its origins are in Ghana.
Constructed simply from wood with a hide seat and is adorned with dozens of brass tacks. These "royal thrones" are usually adorned with turned finials, incised, repousse'd or stamp worked brass sheets. Motifs pressed into the brass back of the chair delineate the owners profile.
This Kings Asipim dates from the early 20th century and is a fine example of the genre. It originated in Ghana, Gulf of Guinea, West Africa and measures 16" wide x 20" deep x 31" high.