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Khereduankh, the mother of Imhotep

Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty 27–30
332–30 B.C.
From Egypt
Leaded bronze
H. 16 × W. 3.7 × D. 5.6 cm (5 5/16 × 1 7/16 × 2 3/16 in.) H. (with tang): 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Khereduankh, the mother of Imhotep in late beliefs, received divine status like her son. Typically she wears on her short rounded hairstyle the feather crown and double uraei of an Egyptian queen-like goddess, and carries a queen's flywhisk scepter.
Purchased in Cairo by Lord Carnarvon before 1923. Carnarvon Collection. Purchased with the Carnarvon Collection from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, 1926.

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