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Tools and technology in Africa

Wooden chair

Height: 73.500 cm

AOA 1948.Af21.113

Wooden chair

From: Ghana
Date: Asante, early 20th century AD

In many parts of Africa people sat on wooden stools. Then European visitors brought chairs over to Africa for their own use, and these were sometimes copied by African chiefs. This particular chair has been copied from the style of a European chair from the seventeenth century. It is made of wood with a hide (animal skin) seat, and has big round brass castings for decoration.

The chair would have been used by an Asante chief when he met with other senior chiefs to discuss important matters. It is called an asipim which means 'I stand firm'.