Fittings

Both wooden and gold butt-hinges were used on furniture. Barrel hinges made from interlocking cylindrical pieces of wood were also widely employed (figure 18). An extremely fine folding bed which uses a complex bronze hinging mechanism was discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun. It is not unique, for a small model folding bed, dating from the New Kingdom, is preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Most boxes were secured by tying cord around a pair of mushroom-shaped handles set in the lid and front of the box. The cord would have been sealed with clay to provide rudimentary security. However, complex locks can be seen on better-quality boxes.

Sliding bolts running in metal staples or hoops were used to fasten together the hinged doors of boxes and cabinets from the Eighteenth Dynasty onwards.

  1. Wooden hinge, Saqqara, Late Period, 547'69. (Photograph by courtesy of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.)
  2. Wooden hinge, Saqqara, Late Period, 547'69. (Photograph by courtesy of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.)
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