Cosmetic Box of Kemeni and Mirror of Reniseneb

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111

Middle Kingdom high officials possessed a variety of luxury goods that were used in life but were also appropriate for a tomb. The box belonged to the royal butler Kemeni, who is depicted on one end making offerings to the deified king Amenemhat IV. It originally contained eight jars, likely filled with sacred oils used in funerary rituals. An official named Reniseneb owned the mirror, which had solar and afterlife symbolism.

Cosmetic Box of Kemeni and Mirror of Reniseneb, Cedar, with ebony and ivory veneer and silver mounting

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