Relief Fragment with the Head of a Woman

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Title

Relief Fragment with the Head of a Woman

Keywords

Carving, relief, sculpture, stone

Date

2080-1940 BC

Context

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11
Egypt
Egyptian

Medium/Dimensions

Limestone, pigment
3 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (9.5 x 14 cm)

Object Number

2008.061.001

Description

With Egypt reunified in the Middle Kingdom and returned to prosperity, tombs with sculpted chapels again are constructed. However, there is a new preference for sepulchres that are cut into the cliff face rather than built mastabas.|

This fragment of a relief could have come from either type tomb, and it depicts a woman, possibly an offering bearer, wearing a long, traditional wig. The relief still preserves some traces of paint and is carved in a delicate, low relief. Although beautifully done, the image still retains some vestiges of the First Intermediate Period style in her elongated arm and squared mouth.

Credit Line

Egyptian Purchase Fund

Exhibits/Publications

Recent Acquisitions, Michael C. Carlos Museum, March 31 - September 10, 2009|
Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy, Michael C. Carlos Museum, September 10 - December 11, 2011

Rights

© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2012.
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On View

No

Citation

“Relief Fragment with the Head of a Woman,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed April 5, 2020, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7166.

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