Gable–topped chest and linens

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: Whitewashed wood; linen

Dimensions: H. of chest: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1936

Accession Number: 36.3.56,.54,.111,.140-related


This whitewashed chest was one of three found in Hatnofer's tomb. Two of the chests, including this one, were probably made especially for his 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.