Lower part of furniture leg with lion feet and frustrum
- Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
- 664–30 B.C.
- From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
- H. 10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.); W. 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.); D. 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
- Accession Number:
This is the lower part of a lion furniture leg like 1977.170, made to slot onto another piece of furniture probably of wood. The fine modeling of the lion's foot and the contrast of the turquoise and dark blue colors convey the fine quality of the original piece.
Furniture legs formed from the body and head of a lion conveyed an exalted status in Egyptian tradition. Here the fragile material and form indicate the piece may have adorned a low funerary bed on which the coffin or mummy of a deceased rested, or perhaps a stool intended to hold funerary items in the tomb.