These chairs were originally designed as thrones for the Nigerian Yoruba Kings and Queens.
They are handcrafted by attaching thousands of tiny glass beads to canvas fabric in beautiful shapes and designs. The fabric is then attached to the chair frame. Each chair is a truly a unique work of art and they surprisingly comfortable too.
These beautiful symmetrically shaped bowls are made of hardwood and are both durable and multi-functional. They are decoratively carved on the outside with geometrical shapes. Some cracks or holes in the bowls are repaired with pieces of metal which are hammered on the wood and decorated with patterns. These repairs add to the aesthetic appeal of the bowl.
S : 28-31cm diameter
L : 33 - 35cm diameter
Each container is hand-carved from indigenous wood by the Karamajong people of Uganda.
Ethiopian Coptic crosses are unique and intricate religious symbols that are commonly found in
Ethiopian Orthodox churches and homes. These crosses are rich in symbolism and have a rich history
The traditional Coptic cross has a simple design with equal-length arms, but the Ethiopian Coptic
cross has a unique shape with three arms extending from a central point. The top arm represents
the head of Jesus, the left arm symbolizes the arm of Jesus on the cross, and the right arm
represents the arm of the repentant thief who was crucified alongside Jesus.
The Ethiopian Coptic cross is made from different materials including wood, brass, and silver. The
crosses are also adorned with different patterns and designs that carry significant meanings. Some
of the popular patterns include the “Solomonic” pattern, which is made up of interwoven lines, and
the “Axum” pattern, which features a circular design with a central point.
One of the most interesting features of the Ethiopian Coptic cross is the use of geometric shapes and
colours to symbolize important aspects of Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. For instance, the color
green represents the prosperity and fertile land of Ethiopia, while the color red symbolizes the blood
of Christ shed during the crucifixion.
Other important symbols on the Ethiopian Coptic cross include the crescent moon that represents
the Virgin Mary, as well as the interlocking triangles that symbolize the Holy Trinity. The four small
circles at the ends of each cross arm represent the Four Evangelists, while the large circle in the
middle represents the crown of thorns.
In Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, the Coptic cross holds significant importance as it is believed to
protect against evil and bring blessings to the faithful. The crosses are often worn around the neck or
displayed in homes and churches as symbols of faith and devotion.