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Relief of Hairdresser Inu

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Limestone, painted
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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
IMAGE overall, CUR.51.231_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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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.
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