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Large Oval Storage Basket

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
Date:
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Halfa grass, palm leaf, linen cord
Dimensions:
Basket: L. 55 cm (21 5/8 in.); W. 40 cm (15 3/4 in.)
Lid: L. 46.5 cm (18 5/16 in.); w. 33 cm (13 in.)
Overall: H. 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.58a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This storage basket was discovered in the tomb of Senenmut's mother, Hatnofer (36.3.1), who lived into the reign of Hatshepsut. The basket is made of halfa grass coils sewn together with strips of palm leaf. It was tied shut using pieces of linen cords attached around the top edge of the basket. Then a mud seal was pressed over the knot at the center of the lid. The basket had been filled with soiled bandages that had probably been used in the embalmiing process for one of the mummies in the tomb.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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