Woodworking materials

A surprisingly complete record of carpentry in ancient Egypt can be pieced together through examining tomb scenes, archaeological excavations and discovered materials. From the earliest times basic ideas were turned into tangible products, setting the design principles that are still followed thousands of years later. The properties of timber were understood and tools were developed to work it. At first these were basic hand tools, but then specialised tools and cutting aids were produced....

Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture

Egyptian Furniture

Box, Eighteenth Dynasty, tomb of Perpaut, Thebes. Durham University Oriental Museum, 1460. Photograph reproduced by courtesy of Durham University Oriental Museum. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Killen, Geoffrey Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture. - Shire Egyptology Series No. 21 I. Title. II. Series 749. 2932 ISBN 0-7478-0239-4 Published in 1994 by SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD Cromwell House, Church Street, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9AJ, UK. All rights reserved. No...

The furniture of Queen Hetepheres

Bracelet Queen Hetepheres

In 1925 George Reisner, an American Egyptologist, discovered the furniture of Queen Hetepheres at the bottom of a deep shaft close to her son Khufu's pyramid at Giza. Her body was not found in this small chamber, leading Reisner to believe that the tomb where she had originally lain had been robbed and her body stolen shortly after her death. The contents of that tomb were moved to this second chamber, which would have been under tighter security, being within the Great Pyramid complex. Queen...

Lattice Stool Egypt

Egyptian Round Legged Stool

Stools would have been the most widely used pieces of household furniture. Egyptians used a number of different types of stool and the quality depended upon the rank of its owner. The lattice stool was probably the most popular with all classes of Egyptians and is widely illustrated in Theban tomb scenes. The construction of the stool is very elegant, having four slender legs into which are jointed at the bottom a cross rail and at the top a curved seat rail. The space below the seat on all...