Lion furniture leg
- Late Period
- 4th century B.C.
- From Egypt; Possibly from Eastern Delta, Hihya
- H. 34.5 cm (13 9/16 in.); W. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.); D. 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1977
- Accession Number:
Made in fine, dense faience, the frontal part of a lion was made to slot onto another piece of furniture probably of wood. 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.