Furniture leg



Accession Number
W2052b
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Woodwork case
Object Type
Furniture, Furniture element
Period
New Kingdom
Material
Wood
Provenance
Egypt, Akhmim
Measurements
Height: 240mm | Width: 80mm | Depth: 35mm
Number of Elements
1
Animals
Lion | Snake
Divine Name
Taweret

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Description

This leg from a piece of furniture (likely a bed) shows a figure of Taweret in the form of a hippopotamus. Taweret appears to be standing on a sa-sign and has a knife at her foot. A snake is shown on the side of the object. Household objects were often designed in reference to religious belief appropriate to their function. Just as the lion was symbolically associated with the rebirth of the sun at dawn, a lion shaped bed might confer refreshed awakening from sleep for the occupant. The qualities of strength and fecundity possessed by Bes and Taweret respectively would promote marital happiness and successful delivery from childbirth. This object was purchased by Wellcome from the Rustafjaell collection in 1906, and is from Akhmim.

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