The eye catching feature of this late nineteenth-century Welayta chair is the attractive geometric cut-out structure of the back support, which gives the chair a modernist, contemporary feel. The chair is supported by three slightly curved legs, and exhibits a beautiful deep chocolate-like patina. in good condition.
High-backed wooden chairs figure prominently in the installation of chiefs among different groups in southern Ethiopia -serving as symbols of rank and entitlement during meetings by the council of elders.
Ex Private Family Collection, Addis Ababa.
Estimated Period: Late 19th Century
H: 71 cm
Seat Height From Ground : 29cm
Seat Diameter: 39cm
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