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Catalogue And Analysis Of Wood Furniture And Related Veneers

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In addition to the plaques, parts of the wood furniture were also recovered from the apsidal room, some with veneer still in place. The furniture parts include legs, stretchers that connected the legs, and arms of crossed-leg chairs; four cabriole legs in two similar sizes and designs; and moldings, boards, panels, and blocks. Furniture types were fairly consistent throughout the Roman empire. There were single stools without backs and longer benches (bisellia). The throne-like solium, in a simple version or with elaborately turned legs, arm rails, and sometimes a high, openwork back, was frequently represented, as was a late Roman variant with solid sides and a low, curved back. There are many representations of a comfortable basketry chair with a curved back (cathedra) that was considered to be a woman's chair. Although chair seats were not always high enough to require them, footstools were commonly used.

Keywords: bisellia; cathedra; solium; veneers; wood furniture



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