CHAIR OF HETEPHERES
From the tomb of Queen Hetepheres
Dynasty IV, C. 2600 B.C.
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
This low chair of Queen Hetepheres has a wide seat that slopes toward the back. In the side panels of the high arms are three carved papyrus flowers bound together. The front and back legs are shaped like the legs of a lion. They are supported by beaded drums. The oldest existing chair, it was carefully reconstructed with parts of the original.