Furniture leg in the form of a bull's leg



Accession Number
W2050a
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Woodwork case
Object Type
Furniture, Furniture element
Period
Middle Kingdom
Material
Wood
Measurements
Height: 270mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow

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Description

A furniture leg in the form of a bull's leg (part of the hoof missing. 27cm long. 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.

Bibliography

Needler, W. 'Predynastic and Archaic Egypt In The Brooklyn Museum' p. 302 for information on earlier bull's leg furniture