Portrait of a princess

Portrait of a princess. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 39390
Portrait of a princess. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 39390

This wooden head is a part of a composite female statue. The parts of this statue were sculpted separately and then assembled.

It is believed to have belonged to a princess or even a queen of the 12th Dynasty, based on the fine depiction of the face, the careful selection of the precious materials, and in the execution of the wig. We can see the black hair of the princess on her forehead covered by the wig. It is attached to the head by tenons made of a black material inlaid with gold. The eyes of this statue were once inlaid but this inlay is now missing.

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1991-1962 BC. From el-Lisht necropolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 39390

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