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.
ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
second part of XI Dynasty
7 1/2 x 9 5/16 x 3/4 in. (19 x 23.6 x 1.9 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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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.
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