Ghana Asipim (Chief's Chair)
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Low chair made of wood with short, straight legs, four stretchers, a straight but slightly angled short back. The top rail of the back rises to a high curve; there are tall brass finials at each end. All outer surfaces are covered with leather and embellished with brass tacks and larger, hollow brass pieces. This low chair style known as an Asipim features a relatively wide, flat seat with a short back and no arms. It is based on a traditional 17th century European form brought to the African subcontinent by European explorers. It is one of the European objects copied by African rulers as a symbol of power. Art in Africa is used to reflect the power of kings, to record their ancestry, to validate their rule, and to demonstrate their wealth. Asipim are chief's chairs, symbols of political power and social status. Other people would sit on a stool, a log or on the ground. African Folk Tales; African Novel Study; Celebrations and Festivals; Ghana Artifacts; European Explorers 16 History; 18 Social Systems
|Akan (African peoples) Social life and customs|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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