From Thebes, Egypt
Perhaps mid-late 18th Dynasty, about 1400-1300 BC
A seat for an official
The elaborate nature of this stool suggests it was made for an élite official. A similar example was found in the tomb of Kha, the foreman of the workmen at Deir el-Medina in the reign of Amenhotep III.
The cylindrical legs are incised and inlaid with small pieces of ivory in lotus petal and drop shapes. The braces between the legs end in ivory ferrules, to cover the joins of the wood. The central part of the seat has disappeared, but it is clear from traces that it consisted of a piece of leather which was glued onto the frame.
Much simpler stools have been found next to the workmen's village at Deir el-Medina and were probably used by craftsmen to sit on while they worked.
G. Killen, Ancient Egyptian furniture, 2 vols. (Warminster, Aris and Phillips, 1980, 1994)
H.S. Baker, Furniture in the ancient world (London, The Connoisseur, 1966)