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Antique Ethiopian Chair



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19″ deep x 17.5″ wide x 16″ seat height x 20″ back rest.


Hand carved wooden chair from the Jima people of Southern Ethiopia. A slightly concave seat sits on a tripod base connected by slender rods. The high rectangular back rest has a geometric design. Carved out of a single block of wood. Both an art piece and a usable chair. Beautiful patina. We only select the best.

This chair was sourced in the spirit of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy that beauty can be found in imperfection and impermanence. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. A beauty of things unconventional. It is the opposite of vulgarity. The costs of achieving this kind of minimalism are seemingly inconsistent with its mission of aesthetic humility. This kind of luxury is for a select few: The Emperor of Japan had a wabi garden. Wabi is for people who already have a lot.

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