Gable-topped Linen Chest, Wood, gesso

Gable-topped Linen Chest

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), MMA excavations, 1935–36
Wood, gesso
L. 69.5 cm (27 3/8 in.); W. 36 cm (14 3/16 in.); H. 44 cm (17 5/16 in.), Th. 1 cm (3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.56a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This rectangular box with a gable-shaped lid was whitewashed inside and out. Two v-shaped battens on the underside of the lid hold it in place when closed. The bottom fo the chest was originally fitted with four short L-shaped legs, but one of these was missing (now restored). The box was also fitted with two knobs at the front, one on the box and one on the lid. A length of linen cord was wound around these knobs and a piece of mud applied to the cord was impressed with a square seal.

Inside the box were 30 linen sheets. The majority of which had been used before being buried in Hatnefer's tomb (36.3.1). All of the sheets had been cleaned and all but one were folded into small bundles and carefully packed into the box. Many had ink inscriptions of the treasury (36.3.95–.100), indicating that they came from the royal storerooms.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

Scott, Nora E. 1944. Home Life of the Ancient Egyptians: A Picture Book. New York: Plantin Press, fig. 9.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 203.