Chair for a Woman

New Kingdom

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. A similar chair (36.3.152) was found during the Museum's excavation of the tomb of Hatnefer, mother of Senenmut.

Chair for a Woman, Wood (tamarisk), reed

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