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Friday, May 4, 2012
Did Ancient Germans Steal the Pharaoh's Chair Design?
Nils Pamperin/ Archäologisches Museum Hamburg
A Bronze Age folding chair found in northern Germany and now in Hamburg's Helms Museum.
years ago, folding chairs remarkably similar to ones found in Egypt
suddenly became must-have items in parts of northern Europe. Scholars
are now looking into this potential case of ancient industrial
When Tutankhamen died, his tomb was filled with all manner of
precious objects, including two folding chairs. The more attractive one
is made of ebony and has ivory inlays.
Such ingenious chairs were already being used in Egypt more than 4,000
years ago. The brilliantly simple design consists of two movable wooden
frames connected to each other with pins and with an animal hide
stretched between -- a kind of ur-camping stool.