Razor Belonging to Hatnefer

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116

This razor, which had been carefully wrapped in strips of linen, was found in a basket in the tomb of Hatnefer, the mother of Senenmut. Razors made entirely of metal were common in the Middle Kingdom and into Dynasty 18 (for an example see 35.3.30). Razors like Hatnefer's, which combine a blade and a wooden handle, appear for the first time early in Dynasty 18.

The basket in which the razor was found is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. It also contained a sealed pottery juglet, a pottery jar, a necklace, and a linen sheet.

Razor Belonging to Hatnefer, Bronze or copper alloy, boxwood

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