Description Found in a rock-cut tomb at Deshasheh, located about seventy miles to the south of modern Cairo, this pair statue of the mayor Nen-kheft-ka and his wife Nefer-shemes exemplifies in the pose and relative scale of its subjects the standard Egyptian artistic conventions for the representation of men and women. Nen-kheft-ka strides forward with his left foot and holds his arms closely at his sides, while his wife is depicted on a smaller scale and stands with her feet together. Each statue was carved separately and altered prior to burial to fit into a shared base.
|12/31/1969||Treatment||technical study; stabilized|
|6/08/1973||Treatment||reconstructed; loss compensation|
|6/18/1997||Examination||examined for condition|
|6/23/1997||Treatment||technical study; stabilized|
- Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance [Excavated by Sir Flinders Petrie, Deshasheh, Egypt, 1897]; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 1897, by gift [of the Egypt Exploration Fund, no. 97.1092]; Walters Art Museum, 1973, by exchange.
Inscriptions [Translation] Inscribed near feet: Royal acquaintance, Nen-kheft-ka; [Translation] Inscribed near feet: Royal acquaintance, Nefer-shemes
Credit Museum acquisition by exchange with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1973
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