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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:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
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).
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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