Bull's leg from furniture
A leg from a piece of furniture in the form of a bull's leg. It dates to the Middle Kingdom. Bovine legs are often found in early Dynastic royal graves. It has been suggested that this is because of the association of the king with the bull. They were later copied by the nobility. However, early Dynastic legs are usually much chunkier than later ones. This item was purchased by Wellcome from the Rustafjaell sale of 1906.
Needler, W. 'Predynastic and Archaic Egypt In The Brooklyn Museum'. Killen, G. 2002. John Garstang's Discovery of Wooden Furniture at the Middle Kingdom Necropolis of Beni Hasan. In Eldamaty, M. and Trad M. (eds.) 'Egyptian Museum Collections around the World' vol. 1. Cairo: The Supreme Council of Antiquities, 645-656.
- Last modified: 17 Feb 2021