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Sunk Relief of Queen Neferu

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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, paint
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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 54.49
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Sunk Relief of Queen Neferu, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Limestone, paint , 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
IMAGE overall, 54.49_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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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 (92%)
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