Cosmetic Box of the Royal Butler Kemeni

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111

The incised decoration on the front shows Kemeni presenting ointment to Amenemhat IV, whose headdress is adorned with two feathers, possibly indicating that he was deified after death. The inlaid inscription around the top of the lid contains the names of the king, the titles of Kemeni, and a prayer to the god Sobek.

Cosmetic Box of the Royal Butler Kemeni, Cedar, with ebony and ivory veneer and silver mounts

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