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Jewelry (?) Box with Separate Sliding Cover

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Beginning in the late Predynastic Period (circa 3300–3100 B.C.), Egyptians stored small precious objects in decorated wooden boxes. Early Dynasty 18 woodworkers frequently embellished these boxes, such as the ones displayed here, with ivory bands featuring rows of concentric circles. This design disappeared around the reign of Thutmose III.

MEDIUM Wood, ivory
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1478 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (9.5 x 12.4 x 16.8 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 60.1.1a-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; 1939, purchased in Akhmim, Egypt by Michel Abemayor of New York, NY; 1960, purchased from Michel Abemayor by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden box (cedar?) with separate sliding cover. Rectangular form on square legs. Cover was provided with bar at one end to serve as handle. All surfaces including underside of base overlaid with bone strips incised with design of concentric circles. Strips on underside of base and edge of cover have incised design of triangular pattern. Perhaps a jewelry box. Condition: One strip missing from cover. One border strip on top surface chipped.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Jewelry (?) Box with Separate Sliding Cover, ca. 1539–1478 B.C.E. Wood, ivory, 3 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (9.5 x 12.4 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.1.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.1.1a-b_view01_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 60.1.1a-b_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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