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Jewelry (?) Box with Separate Sliding Cover

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Beginning in the late Predynastic Period (circa 3300–3100 B.C.), Egyptians stored small precious objects in decorated wooden boxes. Early Dynasty 18 woodworkers frequently embellished these boxes, such as the ones displayed here, with ivory bands featuring rows of concentric circles. This design disappeared around the reign of Thutmose III.

MEDIUM Wood, ivory
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (9.5 x 12.4 x 16.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 60.1.1a-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Jewelry (?) Box with Separate Sliding Cover, ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E. Wood, ivory, 3 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (9.5 x 12.4 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.1.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.60.1.1a-b_erg2.jpg)
    IMAGE group, CUR.60.1.1a-b_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/16/2007
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