Razor Belonging to Hatnefer
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18, early
- reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
- ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), inside Basket "L", MMA excavations, 1935–36
- Bronze or copper alloy, boxwood
- Handle: L. 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.); Diam. 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)
Blade: L. 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1936
- Accession Number:
This razor, which had been carefully wrapped in strips of linen, was found in a basket in the tomb of Hatnefer (36.3.1), the mother of Senenmut (36.3.252). Razors made entirely of metal were common in the Middle Kingdom and into Dynasty 18 (for an example see 35.3.30). Razors like Hatnefer's, which combine a blade and a wooden handle, appear for the first time early in Dynasty 18.
The basket in which the razor was found is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. It also contained two sealed pottery jars (36.3.67 and 36.3.68), a necklace (36.3.70), and a linen sheet (36.3.140).