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Relief of a woman

Old Kingdom
2649–2150 B.C.


Height x width: 34.0 x 61.0 cm (13 3/8 x 24 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Paint, plaster, and limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



Painting on plaster over limestone. It depicts the head and shoulders of a woman who is facing left. She has yellow skin, black hair and a green dress. She wears a tight neck-band or collar of green, white and black. Her broad collar is composed of black bands. Hair ribbons are the same as her neck-band. There are some traces of red outlines. At the far left of the piece are woodern furniture painted black and yellow to imitate grain. There are traces of red outlines. The background is gray.


By 1963: Horace L. Mayer Collection through purchase from E. Kofler; 1963: Lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA; 1978: Mrs. Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; 1978: Given by Mrs. Mayer to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer