Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Kilt or Sash

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, below the Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71), burial 1, in coffin, MMA excavations, 1935–36
L. 188 cm (74 in.); w. 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
Not on view
This length of cloth has a woven selvage along one side. The other side and both ends are finished with rolled hems. There is also a weaver's mark woven into one corner of the fabric. Theis is probably a garment that was tied around the waist as a sash or a kilt and it was found with a shirt (similar to 36.3.174) in a bundle of linen that was placed inside the coffin of a middle-aged man whose name was not preserved. He had been buried on the hillside below the tomb of Senenmut (see 36.3.252). A number of burials were discovered on this hillside, including the tomb containing Senenmut's mother, Hatnefer (36.3.1), his father, Ramose, and six other family members. It is possible that the un-named middle-aged man was another relative or a member of Senenmut's household who was buried where his spirit could benefit from the daily offerings that would be presented at Senenmut's offering chapel.

The shirt and kilt may have been worn together in a fashion similar to the seated man and scribe in the detail of a facsimile shown here. Or the kilt length might have been worn over a loin cloth as shown on the standing men in the detail.
Museum excavations, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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