Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cosmetic Box from the tomb of Sennedjem

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Ramesses II
Date:
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Medium:
Gessoed and painted wood
Dimensions:
H. 16 cm (6 5/16 in); w. 33 cm (13 in); d. 33 cm (13 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The lid of this box, which is attached at the back with horizontal pivots, opens to reveal four compartments for cosmetics. The box could be secured by winding a piece of twine around the two knobs at the front. Its elaborate decoration was intended to imitate more expensive boxes inlaid with ebony, ivory, and perhaps cedar or mahogany.
The box is from the tomb of Sennedjem, who was an artist living in the time of Ramesses II. Other objects in the collection that were discovered in the same tomb are numbered 86.1.1–86.1.29
Excavated by Maspero for the Egyptian Antiquities Service in the 1885-1886 season. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Egyptian government in 1886.

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