Dish - ROM2018_16145_53

ROM2018_16145_53

Dish

Medium:Limestone
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
Dimensions:
9.7 × 0.7 cm
Object number: 909.80.113.A
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description

This very attractive dish with lid seems made for a vanity, where it would presumably have been filled with some sort of cosmetic, or perhaps hair-rings, or perhaps even short swatches of hair or cloth to add to a coiffure.  The piece is, however, utterly without the sort of helpful stain that might identify its original purpose. 

Barely visible on one side are the remains of a handle, though the size of the dish hardly warrents one.  Perhaps this lidded dish imitates in stone something more commonly made of metal or another material. A wooden dish with one handle, of similar size, was found by Petrie at Sedment, in a tomb with other cosmetic containers.

Collection:
Egypt
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