Europeans and wealthy Sinhalese decorated their homes with satinwood furniture like this, which follows Dutch taste. The form and decoration are modelled on European chairs of the 18th century, although the woven rattan seat is a local innovation. Chairs like this were commonly made together with settees as part of a suite of furniture. Satinwood grows in Sri Lanka, and was commonly used to make furniture

Date/Period
18th century
Region
Ceylon, Galle
Dimension
Object size: 102.4 x 53.3 x 53.4 cm
Accession No.
2015-00480
Material
Satinwood, cane
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Furniture