Head of a statuete of a woman

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Hatshepsut-Amenhotep II
1473–1352 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width: 13.5 x 17.5 cm (5 5/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.1483

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Head of a limestone figure of a woman wearing an elaborate wig with intricately carved zigzag pattern for hair. It was originally part of a group statue with back pillar. The hair is contained at the top with a fillet carrying a decorative lozenge pattern. At the back the hair is arranged in three braids extending from elaborate tresses. A small area is unfinished.

Provenance

1909: purchased in Egypt by Joseph Lindon Smith; 1909: on loan to the MFA; 1911: purchased by the MFA through funds provided by Mary S. Ames.
(Accession date: August 3, 1911.)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary S. Ames