Furniture leg, bull - ROM2018_16218_58


Furniture leg, bull

Geography: Egypt, possibly Abydos
Date: c. 3100-2686 BC
Period: 1st-2nd Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period
26.8 × 5.8 × 11 cm
Object number: 910.37.4
Credit Line: Gift Of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This rather short wooden bovine leg once belonged to a piece of furniture: a bed, stool or a small casket.  Ancient Egyptian homes had little furniture compared with modern ones, so that furniture with such elegant legs would certainly have belonged to a noble or even the king. Signs of wear show that it was used in daily life and not simply made for the tomb.

Similar legs have been found at First Dynasty sites such as Tarkhan and Abydos in royal tombs.  Such imagery would be appropriate for a king who was 'the Great Bull of Egypt.'

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