Gable-topped Linen Chest
- 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), MMA excavations, 1935–36
- Wood, gesso
- L. 69.5 cm (27 3/8 in.); W. 36 cm (14 3/16 in.); H. 44 cm (17 5/16 in.), Th. 1 cm (3/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1936
- Accession Number:
- 36.3.56a, b
This rectangular box with a gable-shaped lid was whitewashed inside and out. Two v-shaped battens on the underside of the lid hold it in place when closed. The bottom fo the chest was originally fitted with four short L-shaped legs, but one of these was missing (now restored). The box was also fitted with two knobs at the front, one on the box and one on the lid. A length of linen cord was wound around these knobs and a piece of mud applied to the cord was impressed with a square seal.
Inside the box were 30 linen sheets. The majority of which had been used before being buried in Hatnefer's tomb (36.3.1). All of the sheets had been cleaned and all but one were folded into small bundles and carefully packed into the box. Many had ink inscriptions of the treasury (36.3.95–.100), indicating that they came from the royal storerooms.