This chair carved from a single piece of wood into the distinctive form of an Ethiopian high-backed chair, with a flat, circular seat and elongated backrest. This chair, or throne, unusually features four, instead of three, curved legs. Each leg has been carved with a central stilt-like support, and an open-work lattice design (typical for chairs from this region) draws attention to the high upright back support. Over time, the chair has developed a lovely, dark patina.
High-backed wooden chairs figure prominently in the installation of chiefs among many cultures in Central and Southern Ethiopia. These chairs were also used during meetings by the village elders, as symbols of rank and entitlement.
Ex Family Collection (Tekalegn Besepa) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Estimated Period: 19th Century
H: 96 cm
Seat Diameter: 46.5cm
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