This is a hand carved metamorphic table/chair. The back of the chair lifts and over the arms which turns the piece into an occasional table. The tabletop is held by a slide and hinge wooden pin mechanism to the bench base. The simple mechanism is a great design that keeps the top sturdy in both positions yet remains easy to operate. This monk’s table converts into a chair smoothly and visa versa. When used as a chair, the back leads down to wonderful chunky arms which are raised on pretty turned supports. The chair is raised on pretty turned legs joined by a stretcher. As a table, it can be used as a two-tier table. It is
decorated with carvings of a cross in the center with swastika pattern around it. Before the Nazis hijacked the symbol, the swastika was used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality. The purpose of these types of table/chairs was to save on space in small places such as monastery rooms.
As a table: H: 29.5 inches, W: 30 inches, D: 30 inches.
As a chair: H: 43.5 inches, W: 29.5 inches, D: 18.5 inches
Seat: H: 18 inches, W: 16.5 inches, D: 14.5 inches.