Height: 35.500 cm
Width: 34.300 cm (chest)
EA 2970, 6639, 18196, 24708, 2470
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Group of bedroom furniture
From Thebes, Egypt
New Kingdom, 1550-1069 BC
Wooden furniture typically found in the bedroom
Furniture is frequently shown in tomb decoration. The so-called 'scenes of daily life' often show seated figures: the tomb owner overseeing some activity of everyday life or receiving offerings; friends and family taking part in a banquet. Bedroom scenes are far rarer. However, furniture is depicted most often in funerary processions, in which the deceased's personal belongings are brought to the tomb.
The inclusion of personal furnishings in the tomb was very important for the comfort of the dead person in the Afterlife. The tomb of Tutankhamun contained a wide range of beds, boxes, chairs and other items, some of which he used during life, others that were made especially for the tomb. The tombs of the élite were less well provisioned. However, the coffin was sometimes placed on a low bed and a headrest placed inside the coffin by the head of the deceased. Boxes positioned close to the coffin often contained the owner's toilet equipment and jewellery, while others held different household items. The boxes were used like cupboards are today, and indeed the carpentry techniques used in their manufacture are still being employed.
M. Stead, Egyptian life (London, The British Museum Press, 1986)
S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum book of anc (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)