Art/ Collection/ Art Object


New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Ahmose–Joint reign
ca. 1550–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Hall (C), burial 16, inside large round basket, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
Bronze or copper alloy
l. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.); w. 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
This was cast in two pieces and a tang at the bottom of the disk was inserted into the handle and held in place with a rivet. The handle is in the form of a stylized papyrus plant, a symbol of creative female power, and brings to mind the papyrus swamp, which in Egyptian mythology was associated with regeneration.

The mirror belongs to a set of cosmetic equipment (26.7.837a–d) that includes a razor and whetstone, tweezers, and a kohl tube (26.7.1447). All of these items were found in a basket placed in a tomb for the use of the owner's spirit.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1911; acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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