Pair statue of Queens Hetepheres II and Meresankh III

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura
2490–2472 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7530-G 7540


Overall: 59.3 x 26.5cm (23 3/8 x 10 7/16in.) Weight: 70 lb. (31.75 kg)

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Out on Loan

On display at Tokyo National Museum, Japan, July 11, 2015 – September 23, 2015


The Ancient World



Standing figures of Meresankh III and Hetepheres II. Inscription incised on base between the two, giving names and titles of the queens. In many fragments, incomplete. Traces of color. Right and shorter figure with black ink on hair, eyes, eyebrows embraced by the left arm of left and taller figure with a wig.


From Giza, tomb G 7530-G 7540 (Meresankh III). 1927: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: April 1, 1937)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition