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The legs, at first shaped like cattle legs and later more and more like lion paws, were of unequal length, the bed sloping slightly from head towards the foot end, where there often was a foot support.
Among the better-off they might be painted to look like the ornate inlaid and carved chairs of the rich, but the craftsmanship was generally poor.
Generally speaking, the higher ranked an individual was, the taller and more sumptuous was the chair he sat on and the greater the honour.
The legs of the furniture were often carved in the form of animal legs or the fore and hind-parts of some animal such as the lion.
In the first dynasties these were generally legs and hooves of bulls (picture on the left).