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Pair Statue of Nebsen and Nebet-ta

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Nebsen, the scribe of the royal treasury, and his wife, the songstress of Isis, Nebet-ta, wear the elaborate wigs fashionable in the later Eighteenth Dynasty. Their jewelry, painted yellow to imitate gold, was varnished to make it shine; the varnish has darkened with time. The inscription tells us that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. In fulfilling this filial duty after their deaths, he had them depicted in the fashion of his day, rather than that current under Thutmose III, when they actually lived.
MEDIUM Limestone, painted
  • Possible Place Collected: Dahamsha, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1400-1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 15 7/8 x 8 9/16 x 9 1/4 in. (40.4 x 21.8 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 40.523
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Pair Statue of Nebsen and Nebet-ta, ca. 1400-1352 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 15 7/8 x 8 9/16 x 9 1/4 in. (40.4 x 21.8 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 40.523. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.40.523_view1_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Painted limestone double statue of Neb-sen and his sister-wife, Nebet-ta. Figures seated on common seat with rounded plinth behind. Inscribed on plinth, sides and front of seat and down centers of skirts. Elaborate wigs and necklaces. Condition: General condition good with various minor surface chips. Upper left front of seat chipped. Plinth chipped at edges. Extensive remains of paint in various places, particularly around heads and in hieroglyphs and on plinth.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (88%)
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