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The armchairs bears a striking resemblance to Mudejar style chairs of the 16th and 17th centuries from Portugal and Spain and some would no doubt have been brought to the East coast by Iberian traders of the time; comparisons have also been made with furniture from the earlier Mamluk period in Egypt so it is likely that Swahili speaking artisans developed this particular style from both these influences.
Art Institute of Chicago
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, Portugal
The kiti cha enzi and other Swahili chairs J de V Allen pub. African Arts 3 1989
Os Construtores do Oriente Portugues exhibition Portugal 1998 pub. Porto 1998
Mobiliario Portugues Bernardo Ferrao pub. Porto 1990
Via Orientalis exhibition catalogue Brussels 1991
|Height||124.00 cm||(48.82 inches)|
|Width||74.00 cm||(29.13 inches)|
|Depth||64.00 cm||(25.20 inches)|