Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Handle of a Cosmetic Spoon in the Form of a Leopard

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Malqata, Palace of Amenhotep III, MMA excavations, 1910–11
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
l. 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in); w. 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in); th. 1.7 cm (11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 120
This fragment originally formed the handle of a cosmetic spoon. Carved from Egyptian alabaster, it depicts a leaping feline. It was excavated by the Museum at the site of Malqata in western Thebes.
Museum excavations, 1910–11. Acquired by the Museum in the Division of Finds, 1911.

Wallert, Ingrid 1967. Der verzierte Löffel: seine Formgeschichte und Verwendung im alten Ägypten, Ägyptologische Abhandlungen, 16. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, N 4, p.131, pl. 16, p. 23, p. 53.

Arnold, Dorothea 1995. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 52, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 19, no. 15.

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