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Box of Amenhotep II - National Museum of Scotland

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Box of Amenhotep II - National Museum of Scotland Reply with quote

" Box of Amenhotep II - A.1956.113 "

Box of cedar wood with ebony veneers and ivory inlays and gilding depicting the god Bes and bearing the cartouches of Amenhotep II: Ancient Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c.1427-1400 BC. ...

... The origin of the Amenhotep II box is something of a mystery, although it is thought to have probably been brought back from Egypt by Alexander Henry Rhind (1833–1863), a young Scottish archaeologist, who was the first person to pioneer archaeological recording in Egypt in the 1850s. ...

... Despite Rhind’s high standards of recording for the era, the exact origin of the box is not clear. It was reportedly found broken in several pieces in a box of Rhind’s miscellaneous finds by the curator of the National Museum of Antiquities, Joseph Anderson (1832–1916), in the late 19th century.

A later museum curator, Egyptologist Cyril Aldred (1914–1991), proposed that the box must been excavated by Rhind in the same tomb in which he had made another remarkable discovery: the mummies of the daughters of Thutmose IV (1400–1390 BC), the son of Amenhotep II.

The tomb in which they were found, in Sheikh ‘Abd el-Qurna on the west bank of Thebes (modern Luxor), would not have been their original burial place. To protect the royal mummies from the extensive looting going on during the 21st Dynasty (1069-945 BC), they were carefully labelled with each of the princesses’ names and titles, and then reburied in a more hidden and anonymous tomb.

The mummies found by Rhind were the granddaughters of Amenhotep II, so this remains the best conjecture as to the provenance of the box. Its exact origin remains a mystery. ...

" A New Acquisition Reunited With An Ancient Egyptian Royal Treasure " (Margaret Maitland, Sen. Curator - 10.01.2017)

... The new fragments further strengthen the theory that the Amenhotep II box came from the tomb of his granddaughters and was used by the princesses in their daily life in the actual palace. ...

... Happily, the fragments of the Amenhotep II box have now been acquired with the support of the Art Fund and the National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust. Soon visitors will be able to see them reunited with the box on display in the upcoming exhibition The Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Burial, which focusses on the story of the tomb found next to that of the princesses. ...

Greetings, Lutz.
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