User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Cosmetic box

Start collecting

This is a wooden cosmetic box with a roughly round well. Its sides are decorated with panels of ivory with incised cross-hatched lines filled with black. A swivel top with similar decorated was attached by peg.

Provenance

From Sheikh Farag, Tomb 186. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13, 2061–1640 B.C.

Findspot

Sheikh Farag, Egypt

Dimensions

Length x width x depth (lid): 4.9 x 3.4 x 0.5 cm (1 15/16 x 1 5/16 x 3/16 in.) Length x width x depth (box): 5.3 x 5.1 x 3.2 cm (2 1/16 x 2 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.3541

Medium or Technique

Wood and ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical