Cosmetic Spoon in the Shape of Swimming Woman Holding a Dish
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), steatite
L. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in)
Rogers Fund, 1926
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This cosmetic spoon depicts a swimming woman holding a container shaped like an antelope in front of her. The top of the container was originally attached with a peg that allowed it to swing open. The compartment inside would have held some sort of cosmetic.
Purchased in Cairo from Khawam Brothers, 1926.
Fay, Biri 1998. "Egyptian Duck Flasks of Blue Anhydrite." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, p. 24, fig.2.