A distinguishing feature of this piece is the beautifully decorated upright backrest - adorned with a series of cut-out diamond-shaped designs and cross-hatched striations. Carved from a single piece of wood, this high-back Ethiopian chair is supported by three finely curved legs.
High-back chairs figure prominently in the installation of chiefs among the Gurage and related cultures in southern Ethiopia - serving as symbols of rank and entitlement during meetings by the council of elders.
Estimated Period: Late 19th Century / Early 20th Century
Seat Height From Ground: 40cm