This is an antique Ashanti Asipim Akan Chief throne or chair which was collected from Ghana, Africa. This fine Asipim chair features the typical slightly inclined backrest, the sturdy wooden structure and the tanned hide covered seat which is stretched over a network of tightly woven laced hide straps with some of the hair still intact which acts as a support base. Decorated with the traditional brass studs and caps this chair has detailed engraved and stamped brass sheets on both the front and back.This fine museum quality royal Asipim antique chair measures 29 1/2 inches tall by 16 inches wide with a depth of 20 inches and weighs 21 pounds 7 ounces. Great condition with wear from tribal use which includes a heavy surface patina and rust. Also, has four felted stickers which are on the bottom of each leg to protect wood floors applied by last owner. Asipim chairs are seen in Asante royal courts as every Akan Chief owns one or more of them. These chairs they are normally constructed out of wood with a hide seat and there simplistic design is based after 17th or 18th century English chairs known as Farthingale, Upholsterer's chair, or Embroiderers' chair.
Asipim chairs have now come to be identified with Asante chieftaincy becoming symbols of social status and rank in which even minor chiefs will have a number of asipim chairs and more prominent chiefs will have many more. Reflecting Asante expectations of their rulers to be firm and authoritative, the chair takes its name, asipim which means I stand firm. Asipim chairs are normally decorated with brass tacks and caps, turned finials, worked brass sheets which are incised, worked in repousse' or stamped. The turned brass finials called ntuatire are attached to the tops of the chairs and represent abstracted claws of an eagle. These finials were made in Europe and traded in the region.
The item "Antique Royal African Ashanti Asipim Akan Chief Throne Chair From Ghana, Africa" is in sale since Monday, April 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Sculptures & Statues". The seller is "mountainamma" and is located in Williams, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay, Ukraine, Cayman islands.