Egyptian model of a house

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Furniture was rare and expensive in Egypt because wood was a scarce resource. Palm logs were suitable for building, but not for carpentry, and Egypt’s native trees, such as acacia and tamarisk, were small, slow-growing and knotty. Quality wood had to be imported - cedar from the Lebanon, ebony from Ethiopia. Egyptian carpenters became very skilled at using wood economically - if you look closely at a piece of Egyptian furniture, you can see that it is made up of many tiny pieces of wood, carefully fitted together. Egyptian furniture was strong and light at the same time. Pieces made for wealthy customers were often very intricate, decorated with pictures and patterns inlaid or painted on to the surface

Household furniture


With chair, table, stool and wine jar.

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Wooden three-legged stool

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Inlaid stool


Inlaid stool with ebony and ivory.

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Bedroom furniture


Bed, headrest, cosmetic box, jar stand and linen sheet.

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Wooden folding headrest

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Wooden lamp stand

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Pottery oil lamp

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Egyptian model of a house