--δ-Θ-Φ-Ω-- Egypt, 2030-1802 BC. Wood, mud beads, linen string, paint. This paddle "doll" may have been an accoutrement of troops of singers and dancers who performed at religious ceremonies associated with the goddess Hathor. It would have been used as a percussion instrument, to appease the diety with its sound.
During the Old Babylonian period (ca. 2000–1600 B.C.), after the collapse of the Third Dynasty of Ur, much of the Middle East—from western Syria to southern Iraq—was ruled by dynasties that claimed Amorite lineage. Amorite, a Semitic dialect like the Akkadian used earlier in Mesopotamia, had been spoken by nomads in the north since the mid-third millennium B.C. The most famous of these rulers was Hammurabi of Babylon,
Hatnefer was the mother of Senenmut, one of Hatshepsut's best known officials. Her undisturbed tomb was discovered by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition in 1936 on the hillside below Senenmut's tomb chapel. This chair was found in front of the tomb's entrance