Relief Fragment with the Head of a Woman



Relief Fragment with the Head of a Woman


Carving, relief, sculpture, stone


2080-1940 BC


Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11


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

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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


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


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