Furniture Leg, Probably from a Bed
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Ancient Egyptians often sat or slept on mats on the ground, and their earliest furniture was extremely low. This furniture leg is shaped like a bull’s hind leg atop a ribbed cylinder and probably comes from the foot of a bed. Rare examples of completely preserved beds indicate that the legs at the head of the bed would have represented a bull’s front legs.
ca. 3000-2675 B.C.E.
I Dynasty-II Dynasty
early Dynastic Period
5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
Base: 1 5/16 x 1 5/16 in. (3.4 x 3.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Furniture Leg, Probably from a Bed, ca. 3000-2675 B.C.E. Wood, 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.290.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.36.290.4_erg3.jpg)
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Leg from piece of furniture (chair or bed). Hind leg of bullock. Wood unpainted. Foot rests on eight-tiered plinth. Upper part pierced through for pegs. Flat upper surface has single, broad, dowel.
Condition: Surface throughout charred and worn, and worm-eaten on inner surface.
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