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BED

Egypt
Archaic Period
Dynasty 1 (?), ca. 3100-2907 B.C.
Wood and leather
26.2 cm H, 46.0 cm W
Purchased in Luxor, 1924
OIM 12169

The curved side rails of this bed are lashed with leather thongs (restored) to the end rails and the feet, which are carved in the shape of bulls' legs. Leather strips were laced through rectangular holes in the inner sides and bottoms of the rails to provide a woven or lattice-work base to support the sleeper. (Remnants of the original leather strips are still visible; the wooden slats are modern). A wooden bed like this one would have belonged only to a member of the wealthy class.


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