curule chair

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curule chair

n.
A seat with heavy curved legs and no back, reserved for the use of the highest officials in ancient Rome. Also called curule seat.
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curule chair

n
(Historical Terms) an upholstered folding seat with curved legs used by the highest civil officials of ancient Rome
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cu′rule chair`


n.
(in ancient Rome) a folding seat with curved legs, used as a chair of state by higher magistrates.
[1775–85]
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Known from antiquity as the sella curulis, this faldstool was the royal coronation throne for the kings of France during the Capetian period.(27) Thought to have been the throne of Dagobert, the seventh-century Merovingian king, the actual faldstool was in use during the Carolingian period and was restored at Saint-Denis in the twelfth century.
The meaning of the sella curulis as a symbol of authority may also explain why, in the composition of Samuel before Eli in the upper register, Eli is shown seated upon the same faldstool.