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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:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
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.
Purchased by the Museum in 1977 from Heinz Herzer, Munich.

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