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Chair for a Woman

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Date:
ca. 1550–1425 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; Said to be from Dra Abu el-Naga
Medium:
Wood (tamarisk), reed
Dimensions:
overall: H. 58.8 cm (23 1/8 in); w. 43.3 cm (17 1/16 in); d. 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in) seat: H. 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in); w. 43.3 cm (17 1/16 in); d. 45.7 cm (18 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.182.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This low, wooden chair, with its straight back, legs carved in the form of a lion's legs, and mesh seat, is characteristic of chairs used by women in Egyptian wall paintings of banquet scenes. The chair is held together with pegs and dowels; the angle braces are carved from forked branches. The central slat in the back and a few minor repairs are modern, and the mesh seat has been restored following indications provided by remnants.
Purchased in Luxor from Mohammed Mohassib, 1912.

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