Furniture leg, lion foot - ROM2018_16218_62


Furniture leg, lion foot

Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Period: Undetermined Period
21.1 × 3.9 × 5.9 cm
Object number: 910.37.7
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This leonine leg once belonged to a piece of furniture: a chair, stool or bed.  Ancient Egyptian homes had little furniture compared with modern ones, so that furniture with such elegant legs would certainly have belonged to a noble.  

Chairs with lion’s feet are well known from the tomb of Tutankhamunhum, but were also commonly depicted on stele or tomb walls, where the owner and his wife are often shown sitting on a chair with such legs. Ancient Egyptian chairs and stools, in general, were lower than comparable modern Western furniture and would have called for a different way of sitting, though this is not usually apparent in images.


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