Egyptian; From the tomb of Sennedjem, Deir el–Medina, western Thebes
Gessoed and painted wood; H. 6 1/4 in. (16 cm)
Funds from various donors, 1886 (86.1.8)
The lid of this box, which is attached at the back with horizontal pivots, opens to reveal four compartments for cosmetics. The box could be secured by winding a piece of twine around the two knobs at the front. Its elaborate decoration was intended to imitate more expensive boxes inlaid with ebony, ivory, and perhaps cedar or mahogany.