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Item 629
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Ethiopia is one of the oldest centers of human existence and the oldest independent nation in Africa. The word “Ethiopia” is derived from Greek meaning “Land of people with burnt faces.” Landlocked between Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Djibouti it covers an area twice the size of France. This country is home to a myriad of peoples with over 80 different spoken languages. Ethiopia’s tremendous role in the origin of humankind and its important place in religious history often overshadow other aspects of the country’s’ identity. Already known for artifacts appreciated for religious connotations and timelines the citizen artisans of Ethiopia are creators, at present, of beautiful, hand crafted items that are personally important to tribal groups and individuals. These items are never produced en masse and are exceedingly hard to acquire. Like so many areas in Africa, a particular seat often designates a special place for a highly regarded individual. Whether the person is a king or a queen, a tribal elder or a respected warrior the seat was crafted with the greatest of care. The hardwood chair on display is one of four that was acquired from the church of a small village. The tribes’ elders used the seats when they met in the sanctuary for community meetings. The chairs are fashioned from 6 pieces of nicely carved interlocked wood. Some nails were used in its construction. The back panel has rows of intricate hand etched motifs. Due to age and use the seat of the chair has settled and appears slightly lopsided when looked upon from certain angles. From an Ethiopians point of view it was the most beautiful and most appreciated chair of the lot! The wood itself shows signs of wear and sports a deep beautiful glossy patina from years of handling.

Estimated to be mid20th century.

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Dimensions: 34 inches tall x 16 inches deep x 17 inches across. The seat is 17 inches across with a seat depth of 13 5/8 inches.  

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