Fruit Cake, ca. 1492–1473 B.C. From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), inside Basket "C", MMA 1935–1936. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1936 (36.3.81)
Writing board, ca. 1981–1802 B.C. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.4) | Gessoed boards were used for writing notes or school exercises. Like the slate writing tablets of yesteryear, they could be used repeatedly, with old texts being whitewashed to provide a “clean slate” for another.
Mechanical Dog, ca. 1390–1353 B.C. Egypt. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This leaping hunting dog can be made to open and close its mouth using the lever beneath the chest. When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible.