High-backed wooden chairs figure prominently in the installation of chiefs among the Gurage and related groups in Southern Ethiopia. These chairs were also used during meetings by the Gurage council of elders, as symbols of rank and entitlement.
This medium-sized high-backed chair consists of three curved legs with vertical supporting stilts. The chair's carved backrest features a cut-out design in the shape of a crescent moon. The chair is comfortable to sit in, and encourages a slightly upright posture.
Ex Private Collection, UK (London)
Estimated Period: Late 19th/Early 20th Century
H: 82cm. Diameter of Seat: 43cm