Lion-Shaped Furniture Leg
In both Egypt and Kush, among both royalty and private persons, the lion was a popular image. Sometimes it had solar connections; in other instances it was a symbol of royalty. Very often it conveyed both connotations because the king was the living embodiment of the sun. This furniture leg has the broad ruff with incised zigzag decoration characteristic of Twenty-fifth Dynasty representations of lions. Whether the leg comes from a royal context is not known, but that it was probably made in Kush is indicated by the cartouche of King Aspelta, a Napatan ruler who was at war with Egypt. Aspelta, like several of his predecessors, controlled only Kush and never gained authority over Egypt.
- Medium: Wood
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: ca. 690-664 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXV Dynasty
- Period: Third Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 13 7/8 x 3 9/16 x 5 1/2 in. (35.3 x 9 x 14 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.42E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Lion-Shaped Furniture Leg, ca. 690-664 B.C.E. Wood, 13 7/8 x 3 9/16 x 5 1/2 in. (35.3 x 9 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.42E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wooden furniture element or part of a temple ornament carved in the form of a lion seated on a base. An inscription running down the front of the mane contains the titles and name Aspelta, King of Kush, (Nubia), at the time of the campaign of the Egyptian King Psamtik II against the Kushites. It was perhaps then brought to Egypt. The lion is coarsely carved and the body is elongated with the tail curved around the left haunch. The mane is represented by; a protruding disk shaped area around the face with hair indicated by zig-zag lines, a bib-like front mane reaching past the knees and scored horizontally and another portion covering the back of the head from top to shoulders with an overlapping zig-zag pattern. The piece seems to have been covered with plaster perhaps and then possibly painted. Condition: Good. A crack on the left side of base running with the grain, a chip on the corner, back right side.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)