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Toilet box with sliding cover

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The box is made of soft brown wood and is incised with a series of circles. A similar box is located in the British Museum (Registration number: 1902,1011.98). These boxes were usually used to hold objects of personal adornment.


From the Fayoum. 1902: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period, about A.D. 364–476


Height x width x depth: 8.3 x 12.5 x 7.7 cm (3 1/4 x 4 15/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical