Furniture Part (Stool)



This cylindrical leg was once part of a stool. The design of such stools being commonly found during the 18th Dynasty. The leg would have been shaped by a hand wasting technique as there is no evidence of turning. The top mortise holes would have held a deep curved seat rail. The seat would have been of double cove construction with a leather sheet stretched and glued to the stool's side rails. Below the seat are mortises for the stretchers. Compare with 14.10.4 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Splitting, some loss, surface dirt, discolouration, label adhered to surface. Label with ornate blue border adhered to surface with pencil annotation 4882. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 19-21 December 1906, lot 152: "Various objects of wood; a scribe's pen-case of leather; figures of the sacred hawk (Plate XVII,10,11); supports of chairs, etc.".