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Cosmetic Box

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Personal Arts under Amunhotep III

King Amunhotep III supported artisans and workshops that produced extraordinary personal arts.


The objects included faience, glass, and intricately designed pottery vessels and gold jewelry. Found in both domestic and funerary contexts, these luxury objects were prized by the living and often buried with their owners for use in the afterlife.

The opulence of these objects reflects the splendor and extravagance of the reign of Amunhotep III—the self-styled “Dazzling Sun Disk of All Lands,” who initiated monumental building programs and commissioned vast amounts of sculpture —and anticipates the flamboyant style of Tutankhamun’s time (circa 1332–1322 B.C.E.).

All objects in this case date to the reign of Amunhotep III (circa 1390–1352 B.C.E.) unless otherwise indicated.
MEDIUM Wood (acacia?)
DATES ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 1 9/16 x 3 x 6 3/8 in. (4 x 7.6 x 16.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.602E
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Cosmetic Box, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Wood (acacia?), 1 9/16 x 3 x 6 3/8 in. (4 x 7.6 x 16.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.602E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.602E_SL1.jpg)
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