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Upper Part of the Seated Statue of a Queen

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Late Dynasty 17–Early Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1580–1550 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, radim, MMA 1915–1916
Medium:
Indurated limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 28 cm (11 in.); W. 17.8 cm (7 in.); D. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.10.224
  • Description

    This image of a queen wearing the vulture headdress over a voluminous tripartite wig was split off its backslab in antiquity, most probably by somebody who wanted to make use of this conveniently shaped piece of stone for other purposes. It is conceivable that a king (her father, son, or husband) was originally represented seated beside her. The sculpture has been identified tentatively as Queen Ahmes Nefertari, mother of Amenhotep I, and dated to the reign of Ahmose (ca. 1550-1525 B.C.) at the very beginning of the Eighteenth Dynasty. However, the remarkable flatness of the face and wig is familiar from certain works created during the Seventeenth Dynasty (compare the seated statueof Siamun in gallery 11), and the intriguing interplay of fleshy musculature in the lower part of the face is even reminiscent of late Middle Kingdom images. This combination of stylistic traits is best understood in the context of the excitingly multifaceted artistic period between the end of the Middle and the beginning of the New Kingdom.

  • Provenance

    Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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