EC8 Wooden lion-headed furniture terminal
Wooden lion’s head, probably a terminal from a piece of furniture. This was once part of the Rustafjaell collection purchased by Wellcome.
Lions were associated with rebirth and are depicted on chairs/thrones from the Middle Kingdom onwards and funerary beds from the New Kingdom onwards. However, lion-headed thrones are mentioned as early as the Pyramid Texts.
PT 1124 reads: ‘He [the king] sits on this iron throne of his, the faces of which are those of lions, and its feet are the hooves of the Great Wild Bull”
A lion-headed funerary bed is depicted in stela W1041
Killen, G.P. 1980 (vol 1), 1994 (Vol 2), Ancient Egyptian Furniture. Warminster: Aris and Phillips.
Killen, G.P. 1994, Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture. Princes Risborough: Shire Egyptology.