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Figure of a Woman of Nubian Descent

Period:
Middle Kingdom–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Date:
ca. 2030–1981 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 511, MMA excavations, 1921–23
Medium:
Wood, paint
Dimensions:
H. 18 cm (7 1/16 in.); W. 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.); D. 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.3.231
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109
This dark-skinned young woman wears a brightly patterned skirt, a necklace, anklets, and a fillet around her head. She probably represents an attendant of one of the Hathor priestesses and royal wives at the court of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II. Remains of two similar figures were also found, and the three may have originally stood on a common base symbolically clapping their hands at a festival or the funeral of a higher-status woman.
Museum excavations, 1922-23. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1923. Brought to New York and accessioned by the Museum, 1926.

Arnold, Dorothea 2015. "Figure of a Woman of Nubian Descent." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 173–74, no. 109.

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