Hatnefer's Chair

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 18, early

Reign: reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign

Date: ca. 1492–1473 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), outside entrance, MMA excavations, 1935–36

Medium: Boxwood, cypress, ebony, linen cord

Dimensions: H. 53 cm (20 7/8 in.); W. 50 cm (19 11/16 in.); D. 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)
H. of seat 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1936

Accession Number: 36.3.152


Skillfully carved and finished, Hatnefer's chair is a fine example of Egyptian woodworking. The various elements were assembled with mortise-and-tenon joinery, with pegs to hold the tenons in place. Pegs also fasten the braces to the back and seat. The joins were reinforced with a resinous glue.