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Shirt

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
Date:
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), Inside Box "D", MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Linen
Dimensions:
L. 128 cm (50 3/8 in.); W. 88 cm (34 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.54
Not on view
This folded length of cloth is a shirt made of fine, closely woven linen. The stripes in the fabric are created by slightly darker warp threads. The width and distribution of the stripes is not uniform suggesting that the effect is accidental - perhaps a function of aging.

The shirt had been folded and then stuffed around the top of one of the jars in Hatnefer's canopic chest (36.3.53). It shows no signs of wear and appears to have been new when it was used as part of Hatnefer's funerary preparations. A linen sheet had been stuffed in above the shirt, and a dark, oily liquid had been poured over it. In a few places this liquid seeped through to the shirt, causing its fabric to became dark and brittle.
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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