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Item of the day: The Zuma Throne

Talk about a chair that packs heat. The Zuma Throne by Mozambican artist Goncalo Mabunda is political commentary you can sit on. Assembled using guns, rifles and pistols, furniture-sculpture - named after you-know-who - can be interpreted as a scathing critique of the violence in South African societies, or a satirical reference to shady arms deals with million-dollar kickbacks. The chair is a recurrent theme in Mabunda's art. In elevating the otherwise pedestrian piece of furniture into an imposing and sometimes intimidating throne, Mabunda alludes to the Western world's interest in collecting the Chief Chair prevalent in traditional ethnic African art. At the same time, it is a powerful indictment of current African governments that all too often tragically manipulate armed violence as a way of strengthening their hold on power. Similar chairs by Mabunda can be seen in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. No two chairs are alike; each is an individual piece. The not-so-affordable price of 30,000 euros will probably keep you admiring, rather than purchasing! Available at Intoto Gallery, 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew's, St Birdhaven. 011-447-6543 intotogallery.co.za Text: Bambina Olivares Wise