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Lid of a box (?)

Made of baked earthenware and decorated in raised relief, this lid depicts a dead foreigner lying on his side in a fetal position. The holes around the edge were probably intended to secure it to a box or other object.


Professor Franz Gross (b. 1913 – d. 1984), Basel; 1984, by inheritance to his wife, Basel; March 30-31, 2009, Franz Gross collection sale, Koller, Zürich, lot 823. 2012: Galerie Rhéa, Zurich; 2012: sold by Galerie Rhéa to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 27, 2012)

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund

Egyptian, Possibly Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.


Overall: 41 x 24 cm (16 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown