Unknown artist, Egyptian, Furniture Support in the Form of a Bull’s Leg, ca. 2800 BCE, Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund
Furniture Support in the Form of a Bull’s Leg
Unknown artist, Egyptian, From Abydos, excavated in 1895 ca. 2800 BCE Furniture Support in the Form of a Bull’s Leg Hippopotamus ivory Height: 12.4 cm (4 7/8 inches) Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 1999.55.2
This rare object from Egypt’s earliest dynasty was excavated from the royal cemetary at Abydos, in southern Egypt. This furniture support, made of hippopotamus ivory carved into a bull’s leg with stylized veins, was originally equipped with a tenon, a projecting piece that fit into a rod above. Leather thongs were fastened through the holes at the top to further secure the leg to the rod. A complete set of four of these legs originally supported a chair, stool, bed, or gaming board of one of the First Dynasty kings.