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Throne of Weapons

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Throne of Weapons
  • Description

    A chair made out of parts of rifles (mainly AK47s) and other weapons welded together.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 2001
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 101 centimetres
    • Width: 61 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This chair is one of the objects made, as part of the "Swords into Ploughshares" project, from discarded weapons collected after the civil war in Mozambique. cjs 04.02.02The throne is a product of the TAE project - Transformaçaõ de Armas em Enxadas (Transforming Arms into Tools) - whereby weapons previously used by combatants on both sides are voluntarily exchanged for agricultural, domestic and construction tools. The project was established in 1995 in Maputo by Bishop Dinis Sengulane of the Christian Council of Mozambique with the support of Christian Aid.

    The components of the throne to some extent reflect the international arms trade, though guns from all over the world, including the Western powers, are collected by the TAE team. The principal feature is the Russian AK47 rifle but there are also sections from Eastern European, Portuguese and North Korean guns. The throne has an added significance in Africa where carved stools and chairs are symbols of power and prestige. Examples from Ghana, the Congo and Zanzibar, for example, may be seen in the African collections of the British Museum.

    N. MacGregor, 'The British Museum', ICOM News, no. 1 (2004)

    C. Spring, 'Tree of Life', British Museum Magazine-1, no. 51 (Spring 2005)


  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 99 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G25/dc2

  • Exhibition history

    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2011 22 Oct-2012 22 Feb, Perth, Western Australia Museum, Commonwealth Exhibition

  • Condition

    Good, though may need some attention to the welding, especially on one of the arms

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


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