Relief of Hairdresser Inu
These fragments originally belonged to a scene showing royal hairdressers attending Queen Neferu (see accompanying reconstruction). The relief on the right depicts Neferu (identified as “The King’s Wife”) wearing an elaborate beaded collar. Behind her the hairdresser Henut has already pinned one strand of her mistress’s wig in place and twists another in her long graceful fingers. The other relief depicts “She who makes hair, Inu,” holding a triple lock of hair that she will attach to Neferu’s coiffure.
This text refers to these objects: ' 51.231; 54.49
- Culture: Egyptian
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Excavated: Tomb of Queen Neferu, Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XI Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 5 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (13.2 x 24.5 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: The name is probably a variant writing of Ranke, Personnamen, 38,5.
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 51.231
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Egyptian. Relief of Hairdresser Inu, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 5 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (13.2 x 24.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.231. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragment of a limestone tomb relief. In sunk relief, woman facing right braiding strand of hair held in her hands in front of face. Inscribed "The hairdresser, Yennu." Colors; wig, black; eye, white and black; strand of hair and inscription, pale blue. Red guide lines remaining. Condition: Figure of woman preserved only to breast. Breaks at upper right edge seem to be ancient defect.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)