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Ancient Egyptian furniture makers displayed some particularly advanced techniques in their craft. As well as their well documented ability with working precious metals and inlays, they were also skilled wood workers.
A good example of the range of this skill survived in the tomb of Tutankhamun where an amazing range of beds, chests, stools and thrones were found. Many of these displayed a quality of construction which todays craftsmen would have difficulty matching.
The antechamber of Tutankhamun's tomb as originally discovered. In the background is the magnificent Canopic Chest. Also among the jumble can be seen fine chests and ornate model boats.
There were a number of boxes and chests found in Tutankhamun's tomb. Among them this example really stands out because of it's ornate construction, and also it's 'modern' appearance.

The framework of this chest is made of Ebony, with the insert panels probably of Cedar. The lid is hinged in bronze along the back edge and folds down the back of the chest. Internally the chest is divided into compartments, and below the box there is an elaborate openwork area incorporating the 'ankh' hieroglyph.
This stool was found in the Antechamber of the tomb. It is notable in it's construction as it is fitted together with mortise and tenon joints strengthened with metal pegs. In fact it survived 3000 years jammed between a bedstead and the wall of the tomb where it had been thrown when the tomb was raided.
This bed is made of wood coated with gesso. It is constructed of four distinct parts, the two sides in the form of cows, a baseboard and a string mesh mattress joined to the footboard.