This high-backed Gurage chair consists of three sweeping curved legs with upright stilts. These vertical platforms support the seat of the chair, which over time, has developed a rippled surface. Inserted into the centre of the seat is a single brass tack. The chair exhibits a lovely worn patina, and is comfortable to sit in, encouraging a slightly reclining posture.
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.
Ex Private Collection, UK
Estimated Period: Second Half of 19th Century