Statue of a Woman Carrying Offerings
This masterpiece of Egyptian wood carving of a woman Carrying offerings was discovered in a hidden chamber at the side of the passage leading into the rock cut tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre, who began his career under King Mentuhotep II of 11th Dynasty and continued to serve successive kings into the early years of 12th Dynasty. Together with a second, very similar female figure (now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art) this statue flanked the group of twenty two models of gardens, workshops, boats, and a funeral procession that were crammed into the chamber’s narrow space.
The statue depicts a woman walking on a rectangular base. She carries a basket containing four red jars that are most likely for wine. The jars are sealed with conical lids. Her left hand supports the basket while her right hand is by her side holding a duck by its wings.
She is wearing a long three-part wig that reaches her chest and a long tunic that shows her feet. The tunic is supported by two wide braces covering her chest. Her neck is decorated with a necklace of multiple strings of red, green, white, and blue beads. Her wrists are decorated with small bracelets. The lady is barefoot, and her ankles are decorated with two bands.
Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1981-1975 BC. From the Tomb of Meketre (TT280), Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 46725