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βThe chair is of extreme antiquity, although for many centuries and indeed for thousands of years it was an appanage of state and dignity rather than an article of ordinary use.
It was not, in fact, until the 16th century that it became common anywhere.
Our knowledge of the chairs of remote antiquity is derived almost entirely from monuments, sculpture and paintings.
Source : Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, vol 5, 1911.
Scholars disagree about the ancient period when the chair was 'invented' (or should that be 'discovered').
From sculptures and paintings it's known that they were in use as far back as 2,785 BC in ancient Egypt - the earliest known definitive record.
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