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Cosmetic Spoon in the Shape of Swimming Woman Holding a Dish

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
From Egypt
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), steatite
L. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This cosmetic spoon depicts a swimming woman holding a container shaped like an antelope in front of her. The top of the container was originally attached with a peg that allowed it to swing open. The compartment inside would have held some sort of cosmetic.
Purchased in Cairo from Khawam Brothers, 1926.

Wallert, Ingrid 1967. Der verzierte Löffel. Seine Formgeschichte und Verwendung im Alten Ägypten, Ägyptologische Abhandlungen, 16. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, N12, p. 26.2.47, pl. 15.

Fay, Biri 1998. "Egyptian Duck Flasks of Blue Anhydrite." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, p. 23; p. 24, fig.2.

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