Circular Cosmetic Box with a Swivel Lid
- 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), coffin III, MMA excavations, 1935–36
- Overall box: h. 5 cm ( 1 15/16 in.); W. (with tabs) 12.2 cm (4 13/16 in.); Greatest diam. 11 cm (4 5/16 in.); Diam. of base 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)
Lid: Th. 0.4 cm (3/16 in.); Diam. 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1936
- Accession Number:
This box has a swivel top incised with a decorative pattern of concentric and overlapping circles that must have been made with an early version of a drawing compass. The inside of the box was incised with a simple rosette design. The box was found inside a coffin discovered in the tomb of Hatnefer (36.3.1). Other objects in the Museum's collection that were found in the same coffin include: a bowl and two dishes of faience (36.3.8–.10); two mirrors (36.3.12, .13); and five amulets (36.3.20–.24).
A similar box from the same period, but made of ivory, is also in the Museum's collection (see 16.10.425).