Two fragments of a decorative box of King Amenhotep II by Unknown Artist

These two fragments are missing parts of a cylindrical decorative box in the ancient Egyptian collections of National Museums Scotland.


Cedar wood, ebony, ivory, gold and plaster/faience
9.5cm and 4.5cm in height
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £25,000)
Acquired in:
Charles Ede

The box is a masterpiece of craftsmanship that ranks among the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from ancient Egypt. The core of the fragments is of cedar wood, decorated with inlays and veneers of ebony and ivory embellished with gilding. The larger fragment is decorated with papyrus plants and the smaller fragment has a geometric pattern. Together, these fragments offer important information about the decorative pattern and symbolism of the box, with which they will now be reunited.


Acquired by a German collector in 1965, exported to Germany prior to 1970; sold Eberwein Antike Kunst in Göttingen, Germany; sold Charles Ede Ltd. London; 2015.