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H-How do you know the box pertains to Hamunaptra?
Because that's where it was when I found it; I was there.

Evelyn Carnahan and Rick O'Connell on where the box was found., The Mummy

This puzzle box was a device that was used to unlock several items in ancient Egypt.


It is not clear how many of these puzzle boxes were created, but whatever the number, they were used in ancient times to unlock the Book of the Dead, as well as the Book of Amun-Ra. A puzzle box could also be used to open and close particularly important sarcophagi (like the one Imhotep was contained within), and to unlock certain containers, like the chest that the Bracelet of Anubis was kept in.

At least one puzzle box, containing one of the last surviving maps of Hamunaptra, endured until the 20th century, when it was won by Jonathan Carnahan. He gave it to his sister Evelyn, who did not yet recognize it, but realized its importance. It was later used for its original purpose, to open the Book of the Dead and the Book of Amun-Ra, and several years later, to open the chest containing the Bracelet of Anubis.


A small octagonal device fashioned from metal, the puzzle box could be sprung open to reveal eight different ends that all connected when closed. Inside the box was a small hollow space, into which the map leading to Hamunaptra was contained.


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