House posts like this had both a functional and decorative purpose. They were used in a traditional Gurage dwelling both as a welcoming and protective symbol. The circular head on top of the post was a common symbol of protection throughout this region. Because they featured in the family home they were often decorated with natural pigments as in this example.
The practical function of these posts was to act as markers to separate areas inside the traditional dwelling. They would be position in a line, sometimes with a cross section of wood attached, to separate one room with another, for example the meeting room and the sleeping area.
Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century
H (Incl. Display Stand): 155cm
W (Incl. Display Stand): 17.5cm
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