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Circular Lided Basket on a Wood Stand

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
Halfa grass, palm leaf, linen cord, wood
Basket: H. without lid 15 cm (5 7/8 in.); Diam. 31 cm (12 3/16 in.) Lid: Diam. 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.59a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This small circular basket and its convex lid are made entirely of of halfa grass. The coils of the basket have been woven together with strips of grass, some of which have been dyed red and blue to create the pattern. A wood stand made of two bars ending in low feet has been tied to the bottom of the basket with linen cord.

The basket was part of the tomb furninshings of Hatnefer (36.3.1), mother of Senenmut, who was an official in the time of Hatshepsut. When found by the Museum's excavators, the cords that were intended to tie the lid shut had been broken and the contents of the basket had been plundered before it was placed in the tomb. The basket still contained a small basket (36.3.60), an alabaster jar (36.3.61), and, a kohl jar (36.3.62) and stick (36.3.63).
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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