Queen Nefertari being led by Isis

New Kingdom, Ramesside

Charles K. Wilkinson

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 135

Nefertari was the main wife of pharaoh Ramesses II and her tomb with its vivid wall paintings is one of the most beautiful tombs in Egypt. This watercolor copy depicts the queen (left) being led by the goddess Isis (right). Noteworthy is that Nefertari’s husband, Ramesses II, is absent in these scenes, indicating the queen's high status that allowed her to directly interact with the deities without him; such depictions would not be possible for non-royal individuals.

Queen Nefertari being led by Isis, Charles K. Wilkinson, Facsimile by Charles K. Wilkinson
Tempera on paper

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