Category: furniture

The Golden Throne of Tutankhamun

The Golden Throne of Tutankhamun

The throne of Tutankhamun is made of wood, covered with gold and silver, and ornamented with semi-precious stones and colored glass. Two projecting lions’ heads protect the seat of the throne while the arms take the form of winged serpents wearing the double crown of Egypt and guarding the names of the king.

It was discovered in the Antechamber of the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62) beneath the Hippopotamus funerary bed. The throne is called (“Ist”) in ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs after the name of the mother goddess Isis, who was usually depicted bearing a throne on her head as her characteristic emblem. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Funeral procession of Ramose, detail of a wa…

Funeral procession of Ramose, detail of a wall painting from the Tomb Chapel of Ramose

(TT55). Vizier under both Amenhotep III and Akhenaten. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1292 BC. Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, West Thebes.

Tutankhamun Inlaid throne

Tutankhamun Inlaid throne

This throne is made from wood, which is partly gold plated and inlaid with minute pieces of ivory, ebony, semi-precious stones and colored glass.

The high curved back is fitted to a stool with crossed legs carved to represent the necks and heads of ducks. The deeply curved seat (designed to hold a cushion) is inlaid with ebony and ivory in imitation of a spotted animal skin. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Remains of furniture found in the Tomb of He…

Remains of furniture found in the Tomb of Hetepheres I near the Great Pyramid of Giza, the chief queen of Sneferu and mother of Khufu included a bed, a bed-canopy, a curtain-box, two armchairs, a palanquin and several chests.

They have copper fittings and decorations of chased sheet gold and inlays of gold, carnelian and faience. Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2613-2494 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Model folding stool, from the Tomb of Tutankha…

Model folding stool, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun (ebony, paint, gold with inlaid ivory). Reign of Tutankhamun. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1332-1323 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Though this object looks like a folding stool, its elements are fixed. Actual portable furniture saw use during hunts and military campaigns. This seat has painted and inlaid decoration to imitate a leopard skin with its backbone in the center, the legs end in ducks’ heads. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Ancient Egyptian folding stool (wood and rope)…

Ancient Egyptian folding stool (wood and rope), from Thebes. New Kingdom,  ca. 1550-1070 BC. Now in the Mediterranean Archaeology Museum, Marseille.

Child’s chair, found in the Tomb of Tu…

Child’s chair, found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun

(wood with ivory marquetry). The terminals of the legs are in the form of lion’s paws. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Coffer from the treasury, made from wood and…

Coffer from the treasury, made from wood and ivory with applied gold and silver, from the tomb of the Tutankhamun. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1332-1323 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Chest of Amenhotep III (gilded wood and fa…

Chest of Amenhotep III (gilded wood and faience). New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1391-1353 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Headrest in the form of a miniature folding …

Headrest in the form of a miniature folding stool (tinted ivory, height: 20 cms), from the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62). The endings are Bes masks and the legs end in duck heads. Reign of Tutankhamun. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1332-1323 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.