- Museum number
Limestone head of a woman: this head would almost certainly have belonged to a seated figure. Little has survived from the statue to tell us anything about the woman depicted, as the missing lower parts of the figure would have borne her name. The most distinctive features are her broad face and the detailed heavy hairstyle or wig she wears. The long side locks of the hairstyle would originally have converged slightly towards the base of the neck, ending just above the breasts; the shoulders would have been largely bare. As part of the hairstyle hangs down the back of the head, it is known as the "tripartite" style. Distinctive features of this head are the evidence of a central parting, and the division of the locks into individual long tresses of hair, marked with a series of striations.
Length: 8.21 centimetres (max)
Width: 7.87 centimetres (max)
Depth: 5.30 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- It is most likely that this figure was intended for a cult statue in a tomb, to be placed in a small niche somewhere inside the tomb chapel.
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 130-1, pl. on p. 130.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
- incomplete - front of the head only
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.2381 (Birch Slip Number)