Asipim Chair, Ashante People, Ghana
Within Asante society Asipim Chairs signal the power and prestige of Kings and Chiefs who have the unique right to use them. The asipim's low profile reflects the Asante preference for stools as seats of honor, while the shape and the decorative use of brass, tacks, knobs and finials document the assimilation of European forms and materials in the 18th and 19th centuries. The finely delineated motif pressed into the back if the chair refers to the owners status. Each chair is a unique, one of a kind work.
ASIPIM in Asante twi means "I Stand Firm" a sign of the Power and Prestige of the Chiefs and Kings who sit in such a chair. When not in use the chair is leaned against the wall to avoid anyone sitting in the chair other than the Chief.