Relief Fragment of a Woman from Tomb of Neferu
When complete, the scene to which this fragment belonged showed a long procession of female offering bearers. One figure carries a tall basket and the other brings a tray.
In each case the contents are obscured by a cloth, but similar scenes indicate that these gifts were offerings of food. The Egyptians believed that food and drink were required to ensure the deceased's continued existence in the afterlife.
- Culture: Egyptian
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Excavated: Tomb of Queen Neferu, Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: second part of XI Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 9 1/16 x 12 1/2 in. (23 x 31.7 cm) (show scale)
- 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: 53.178
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Egyptian. Relief Fragment of a Woman from Tomb of Neferu, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 9 1/16 x 12 1/2 in. (23 x 31.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 53.178. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragment of painted limestone relief. In sunk relief, a woman, preserved head to waist, bearing on her right shoulder a large tray, with single, unidentified object possibly a sack, which she supports with both hands. Long lappet wig painted black. White dress commencing under breasts. Eye painted white and black. Condition: Edge chipped. Paint worn.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)