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Jewelry Box (?) with Lid

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

With the exception of wealthy nobles, most Egyptians had only a few valuable possessions that they hoped to take with them to the afterlife or leave to their children. They kept these treasured belongings well organized and secure by storing them in small boxes, often tied with a string. Boxes such as this example might have held a variety of objects, such as cosmetics, jewelry, or a child's lock of hair.

MEDIUM Wood, bronze
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 5/8 x 3 3/16 x 3 1/4 in. (9.2 x 8.1 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Jewelry Box (?) with Lid, ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. Wood, bronze, 3 5/8 x 3 3/16 x 3 1/4 in. (9.2 x 8.1 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.19. Creative Commons-BY
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