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Relief Fragment of a Woman from Tomb of Neferu

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor

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
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)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
IMAGE overall, CUR.53.178_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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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.
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