Head of a Woman

New Kingdom, Ramesside

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124

The head is a rare example of late Ramesside private statuary. With her elaborate wig and colorful floral fillet, the piece represents a woman of the elite, who was probably shown with her husband. Their statues would have been carved into a niche in the tomb chapel, where family members and visitors could appreciate this lifelike art, give offerings, pronounce their names, and therefore contribute to their afterlife.

Head of a Woman, Limestone, paint

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