Hemicylindrical box with lid

New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18
1336–1295 B.C.

Place of Origin: Egypt, said to be from Saqqara


height x width x length of (a): 3.4 x 7.5 x 15.5 cm (1 5/16 x 2 15/16 x 6 1/8 in.) Length x width x depth of (b): 14.4 x 5.4 x .5 cm (5 11/16 x 2 1/8 x 3/16 in.)

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On View

Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Wooden toilet box (a) in shape of a half cylinder and (b) flat lid with round knob; box and lid are decorated with relief carvings of floral patterns (filled with green paste) and an animal combat scene influenced by motifs suggestive of Aegean influence; partly damaged and repaired.


Egypt (said to be from Saqqara); by 1898: MacGregor collection, Tamworth, England (published in Revue Archaeologique, 1898); 1922: purchased at MacGregor collection sale, Sotheby's, June 26-July 6, 1922, by William Randolph Hearst; 1940: purchased by Joseph Brummer from the International Art Corp (William Randolph Hearst); 1949: purchased by the MFA at the second Parke-Bernet sale of the Joseph Brummer collection (May 11, 1949, stock no. N4651) for $375.
(Accession Date: June 9, 1949)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund