<em>Physician's Box</em>, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. or later. Wood (ebony?), 2 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 1/4 in. (5.3 x 7.5 x 3.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.77. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.16.77_erg2.jpg)

Physician's Box

Medium: Wood (ebony?)

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. or later

Dimensions: 2 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 1/4 in. (5.3 x 7.5 x 3.1 cm)


Museum Location: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 16.77

Image: CUR.16.77_erg2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Oblong wooden (ebony?) box cut from single block with three cylindrical hollows for eye ointment. Inscribed on one side in three columns, each headed with name of season and function of contents (eye medicines). Reverse inscribed in three lines, partly lost, for “…the chief of physicians, … S3-wady.t, repeating life.” Condition: Poor. Cover lost. Wood split. Surface with owner’s name and titles badly broken. Each hollow retains some of original contents.

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