Sunk Relief of Queen Neferu
The Egyptians connected cosmetics and grooming with sexual allure, reproduction, and rebirth into the afterlife. Here, the royal hairdresser Henut winds an extension curl into the queen’s hair.
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Made: Tomb of Queen Neferu, Dayr al-Bahri, Thebes, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: second part of XI Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 9 5/16 x 3/4 in. (19 x 23.6 x 1.9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 54.49
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Sunk Relief of Queen Neferu, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 7 1/2 x 9 5/16 x 3/4 in. (19 x 23.6 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.49. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragment of limestone relief. In sunk relief, at right a queen, preserved head to breast; behind her, partially preserved, representation of “the hairdresser Hnnwt” braiding her wig. Queen’s name is lost. Condition: Minor chips on surface, otherwise intact. Colors; remains of black on hairpin, eye and wig. Necklace, register of light blue, then green and again blue. Scattered remains of red guide lines.
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)