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Cosmetic Box from the tomb of Sennedjem

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Ramesses II
Date:
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Medium:
Wood, gesso, paint
Dimensions:
H. 15 cm (5 7/8 in); w. 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in); d. 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The interior of this box is divided into four compartments It was probably used to store the cosmetic utensils of the deceased. The cover has two flaps attached with pivots at the edge of the box.
The inscription bears the names of Iyti and Ramose, both of whom were related to Sennedjem in whose tomb the box was found. Other objects in the collection that were discovered in the same tomb are numbered 86.1.1–86.1.29
Excavated by Maspero for the Egyptian Antiquities Service in the 1885-1886 season. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Egyptian government in 1886.

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