Cosmetic box

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

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, Tomb S F 186


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


Medium or Technique

Wood and ivory

Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

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.


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