<em>Cosmetic Container in Form of Trussed Duck</em>, ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E. Wood, paste, pigment, 1 3/4 × 2 1/4 × 6 3/4 in. (4.4 × 5.7 × 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.613E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.613E_erg456.jpg)

Cosmetic Container in Form of Trussed Duck

Medium: Wood, paste, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 1 3/4 × 2 1/4 × 6 3/4 in. (4.4 × 5.7 × 17.1 cm)


Museum Location: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 37.613E

Image: CUR.37.613E_erg456.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Wooden toilet box in the shape of a trussed duck. The body of the duck is hollowed-out and topped with a cover which pivots at the head end. The outer edges of the cover are decorated with incised triangles inlaid with a blue paste. The whole is outlined with two finely incised lines also inlaid with blue paste. The same motif surrounds the opening of the body. The head and neck are carved in the round, the head curved back so that the beak lies flat, joined to the side of the body. The eyes, the line where beak and head join, and three narrow triangular bands on top of the head were once inlaid with blue paste, traces of which still remain. On the underside of the body, the legs, webbed feet and wings are indicated in raised relief. Condition: Excellent workmanship. The paste inlay is intact for the most part. The knobs which fasten the cover to the body at the tail ends are now missing. The tail end of the body has a crack as does the cover at the same end. There are traces of white pigmentation on the underside of the body.

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