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Mirror with Handle in the Form of a Hathor Emblem

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Disk: silver; handle: wood (modern) sheathed in gold (ancient)
H. 29.3 cm (11 9/16 in.); W. of disk 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.); D. 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1919, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
The handle of this mirror was originally made of wood (now restored) covered with gold foil. The woman's face with cow's ears represents the goddess Bat and is also an emblem of the goddess Hathor. The use of gold and silver, rather than wood and bronze, identifies this as the possession of a member of the elite, in this case one of three foreign wives of Thutmose III. The king's cartouche is inscribed above the face.
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1919-1920. Published in Christine Lilyquist, The Tomb of Three Foreign Wives of Tuthmosis III, 2003, cat. 106.

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