From Egypt, Fayum Entrance Area, Lahun, Tomb of Sithathoryunet (BSA Tomb 8), BSAE excavations 1914
Ebony, ivory, gold, carnelian, blue faience, silver
L. 46 cm (18 1/8 in.); H. 36.7 cm (14 7/16 in.); W. 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry Walters Gift, 1916
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
Because the original wood of Sithathoryunet’s boxes had decayed, they were reconstructed in the Metropolitan Museum based on the detailed notes of the excavator Guy Brunton. The gold djed pillars on the sides are symbols of the funerary god Osiris as well as the word for stability. The emblems on the lid belong to Hathor, the goddess of beauty, making them appropriate symbols for a cosmetic box.
Excavated by Petrie at Lahun under the sponsorship of the British School of Archeology in Egypt, 1914. Received by Petrie in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from Petrie, 1916.
Bouillon, Hélène 2014. "A New Perspective on So-called 'Hathoric Curls'." In Egypt and the Levant, vol. 24, p. 211, note 13.
Patch, Diana Craig 2015. "Two Boxes of Princess Sithathoryunet." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 110–11, no. 52A.
Stünkel, Isabel 2015. "Royal Women: Ladies of the Two Lands." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 93.