Model folding stool with top imitating leopard skin

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.

This folding wooden stool of ebony is inlaid with ivory to look as if it is covered with leopard skin. The paws hang from the corners, while the tail is in the middle of the right side. The legs of the stool are in the shape of duck necks and heads, a design commonly used for folding stools, although this one is not flexible. The duck heads rest on two supports that were made of gilded wood and covered with copper.

Model folding stool with top imitating leopard skin
Model folding stool with top imitating leopard skin

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62035

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