The upright back support of this fine nineteenth-century chair features a cut-out cross design, typically found among similarly high-backed chairs from this western region of Ethiopia. The chair, carved from a single piece of wood, exhibits a beautiful classical form, with a worn surface patina throughout.
High-backed wooden chairs figure prominently in the installation of chiefs among cultures from the central and western regions of Ethiopia - serving as symbols of rank and title during meetings by the council of elders.
One of the upright stilts, the one positioned at the rare of the seat, as shown in the photos, has been traditionally restored.
H: 92 cm
D: 50 cm
Seat Height: 45 cm
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