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, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, radim, MMA excavations, 1915–16

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


Queen Ahmose-Nefertari was the wife of Ahmose, first king of Dynasty 18. Probably the daughter of Kamose, last king of Dynasty 17, she wielded considerable influence for almost fifty years during the reigns of her husband and her son, Amenhotep I, and survived into the reign of Thutmose I. A posthumous cult in association with her son was established soon after her death and she served as the patron of the Theban necropolis and especially of the tomb builders of Deir el-Medina.

This beautifully detailed statue of the queen portrays her in a heavy wig adorned with the vulture headdress. A uraeus had originally been carved in place of the vulture head on her brow. Her costume, with heavy wig and close-fitting dress with broad shoulder straps, and her face, which is rather round and flat, are typical of queens of the earlier Middle Kingdom.