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Cosmetic Spoon in the Shape of a Mouse

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Bone
Dimensions:
L. 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.); W. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.); H. 1 cm (3/8 in.); Th. at head 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.4.55
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This cosmetic spoon is a fine representation of a crouching mouse. The artist, working with a very thin piece of bone, has created the illusion of a sculpture in the round. The spoon side clearly represents the right side of the mouse, while the back of the spoon is the animal's left side. Another cosmetic spoon in the collection (10.130.2520) represents a dog in a similar fashion.
J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, acquired by him before 1913. Acquired by the Museum from the Estate of J. P. Morgan, 1944.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 191, fig. 106.

Arnold, Dorothea 1995. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 52, no. 4 (Spring), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 58, no. 77.

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