Supported by three curved legs, this chair from the Jimma region of south west Ethiopia exhibits an unusual form and shape. Consisting of two wing-like formations, the upright backrest features an attractive central cut-out geometric design. A signature of the piece is an unusual projection of carved pyramid shapes at the back of the seat, which follows on from the zigzag patterned edges of the chair's back support.
High-backed chairs figure prominently in the installation of chiefs among the Jimma, Gurage and other related cultures in southern Ethiopia - serving as symbols of high rank and title during meetings by the council of elders.
Ex Private Collection, Italy
Estimated Period: 1930's
Seat Diameter: 48cm