Stool leg of a bull's leg



Accession Number
W2054a
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Technology case
Object Type
Furniture, Furniture element
Material
Wood
Measurements
Height: 205mm | Width: 21mm | Depth: 32mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow

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Description

A leg from a stool in the form of a bull's leg from a stool (a pair with W2054b). It was purchased by Wellcome from the Rustafjaell collection in 1906. 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. Of note, early Dynastic legs are usually much chunkier than later ones.

Other Identity
2954 (number from G Killen) | W2050a (number written on object)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 19–21 Dec 1906, Lot 152
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 23 Apr 2021

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