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Mirror

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
Date:
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), coffin III, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Wood, copper alloy
Dimensions:
Overall H. 29 cm (11/7/16 in.); W. of mirror 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.); Mirror disk: H. 12.8 cm (5 1/16 in.); W. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.); Th. 0.5 cm (3/16 in.); Handle: H 16.3 cm (6 7/8 in.); W. 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.); Diam. 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.12a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This disk of this mirror is copper alloy and was cast with a tang at the bottom that fits into the handle. The handle was carved from coniferous wood. The mirror was found in the bottom of a coffin discovered in the tomb of Hatnefer (36.3.1). A number of other objects in the Museum's collection were in the same coffin including a faience bowl and two dishes (36.3.8–.10), a wood cosmetic box (36.3.11a, b), another mirror (36.3.13), and five amulets (36.3.20–.24).
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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