Chair of Reniseneb, Sketch 987

Sketch of Chair of Resineneb

I sketched the chair seat a couple of times, working on the angle. I still think it’s off a bit.

Egypt, circa 1450 BCE; Wood, ebony, ivory

Egypt, circa 1450 BCE; Wood, ebony, ivory

Description from the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

The back of this wooden chair, which belonged to the scribe Reniseneb, is handsomely veneered with ivory and embellished with incised decoration showing the owner seated on a chair of identical form. It is the earliest surviving chair with such a representation, and it is the only non-royal example known. The scene and accompanying text have funerary import and may have been added following Renyseneb’s death to make the chair a more suitable funerary object. The high quality of its joinery and the harmony of its proportions testify to the skill of ancient Egyptian carpenters. The mesh seat has been restored following ancient models.

Sketch 087: Chair of Reniseneb, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Patricia R. Lassalle Gift, 1968

It’s been two weeks since I used an artifact from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for my sketches. I wonder if they missed me.