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Relief of the Lady Wadjkaues

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The woman featured in the relief is Wadjkaues, the wife of the nomarch and mother of Sep. Seated on a chair before a table piled high with bread, Wadjkaues holds in her left hand a blue lotus flower. She wears a long wig, a simple sheath dress with straps, a broad collar, and paired bracelets....

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Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 3. By mid-19th century: Paris private collection (W.K. Simpson, "The Middle Kingdom in Egypt: Some Recent Acquisitions," Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts 72 [1974] 110); by 1972, with Jean-Louis Domercq, Paris; purchased by the MFA from Jean-Louis Domercq December 13, 1972. (Accession Date: December 13, 1972)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty, 12, reign of Senwosret, 1971–1926 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Deir el-Bersha, Egypt

Dimensions

Width x height x depth: 59 x 37 x 4.5 cm (23 1/4 x 14 9/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1972.984

Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief