Cosmetic Spoon of Ruiu

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116

The burial of Ruiu was found in the tomb of her father, Neferkhawet, which was excavated by the Museum’s Egyptian Expedition in 1935. Lying against the right side of the head end of Ruiu’s coffin was a small basket that contained a wooden box and a metal razor. Inside the box were four scarabs and a cowroid seal-amulet made of steatite, two ebony kohl sticks, and this small metal spoon. The spoon was made from a piece of bronze or copper alloy wire with one end beaten to form bowl of the spoon.

Cosmetic Spoon of Ruiu, Bronze or copper alloy

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