Gable–topped chest and linens

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116

This whitewashed chest was one of three found in Hatnefer's tomb. Two of the chests, including this one, were probably made especially for this burial. They were filled with linen sheets of various qualities and weaves. Shown here with the chest are a shirt of fine linen; a sheet of superfine weave, probably used as an outer garment; and a sheet of coarser weave more than seventeen yards long, which may have served as a mattress. After it was packed with linen, the chest was tied shut with a piece of linen cord that was secured with a mud seal.

Gable–topped chest and linens, Whitewashed wood; linen

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Chest (36.3.56a, b); linen shirt (36.3.54); and two folded sheets (top 36.3.111, bottom 36.3.140). Inside the chest are two folded sheets (top 36.3.96, bottom 36.3.102)