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Shabty of the Woman Ahhotep

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Ahhotep, nicknamed Tuiu, was married to a temple official named Ineni. Her shabty probably came from the tomb the couple shared at Thebes. This statue’s wide eyes and large, clearly defined mouth resemble the facial features on images of Thutmose I, his daughter Hatshepsut, and figures of the great courtier Senenmut, who lived during Hatshepsut’s reign. These stylistic conventions are characteristic of most early Eighteenth Dynasty sculpture and do not reflect Ahhotep’s actual appearance.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1514–1425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 8 9/16 x 2 11/16 x 1 3/4 in. (21.7 x 6.9 x 4.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone ushabti inscribed for the lady Ah-hotep. Mummiform and wearing a heavy tripartite wig. Her hands are crossed over her breasts. Six registers of hieroglyphs in sunk relief run around the figure below her hands. Face well modeled. Condition: The nose is broken on the left side. The left hand corner of the piece is chipped. Some staining exists and quite a bit of superficial dirt. The hieroglyphs exhibit traces of blue frit inlay.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Shabty of the Woman Ahhotep, ca. 1514–1425 B.C.E. Limestone, 8 9/16 x 2 11/16 x 1 3/4 in. (21.7 x 6.9 x 4.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.122E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.122E_NegB_glass_bw_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.122E_NegB_glass_bw_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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