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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.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    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)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 61.19
    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
    IMAGE overall, CUR.61.19_negA_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Square wooden box with separate hinged wooden cover. Incised on front face naturalistic bunch of lotus flowers and on each side a lotus plant with two monkeys forming a playful caricature of the formal motif of the joining of the two lands. Incised border on two sides of back which is otherwise plain. Upper sides and front of box pierced for sealing with cord. Separate hinged and grooved cover with two bronze loop hinges. Box (originally) carved from single block of wood. Condition: Cover incomplete and reglued. Front of box badly split. Gaps and repair on back.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (92%)
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