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.
ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E.
3 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (9.5 x 12.4 x 16.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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.
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.
This item is not on view
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)
overall, 60.1.1a-b_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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