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Fragment of cosmetic spoon

Fragment of a wooden cosmetic spoon shaped as a hand holding a shell; hieroglyphic text incised on bottom; wrist pierced for attachment of handle.


By 1909: purchased in Egypt by Joseph Lindon Smith; 1909: on loan to the MFA; 1911: purchased by the MFA through funds provided by Mary S. Ames. (Accession date: August 3, 1911)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary S. Ames

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

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Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dark wood


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical