Egyptian; From the tomb of Hatnofer and Ramose, western Thebes
Whitewashed wood; linen
H. of chest 17 3/8 in. (44 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1936 (36.3.56,.54,.111,.140)
This whitewashed chest was one of three found in Hatnofer's tomb. Two of the chests, including this one, were probably made especially for her burial. They were filled with linen sheets of various qualities and weaves. Shown here with the chest are a shirt of fine linen; a sheet of superfine weave, probably used as an outer garment; and a sheet of coarser weave more than seventeen yards long, which may have served as a mattress. After it was packed with linen, the chest was tied shut with a piece of linen cord that was secured with a mud seal.