Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This fragment originally belonged to a scene showing royal hairdressers attending Queen Neferu (see accompanying reconstruction). The relief depicts one of the hairdressers of Queen Neferu. The inscription identifies her as “She who makes hair, Inu.” She holds a triple lock of hair that she will attach to Neferu’s coiffure.
ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
late XI Dynasty
The name is probably a variant writing of Ranke, Personnamen, 38,5.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Hairdressing Scene, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.231_view1_PS2.jpg)
overall, 51.231_view1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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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.
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