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.
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Title:Cosmetic Box of the Royal Butler Kemeni
Reign:possibly slightly after the death of of Amenemhat IV
Medium:Cedar, with ebony and ivory veneer and silver mounts
Dimensions:L. 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.); W. 17.7 cm (6 15/16 in.); H. 20.3 cm (8 in.)
Credit Line:Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Excavated by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, 1910; acquired by Lord Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art 1977. Ancient Egypt in the Metropolitan Museum Journal, 1–11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 142.
Roehrig, Catharine H. 2015. "Box with Vessels and Mirror." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 141–42, no. 75B.
Grajetzki, Wolfram 2015. "The Pharaoh's Subjects: Court and Provinces." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 121.
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