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Statue Group of Nen-kheft-ka and His Wife, Nefer-shemes
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Statue Group of Nen-kheft-ka and His Wife, Nefer-shemes


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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.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Treatmenttechnical study; stabilized
6/08/1973Treatmentreconstructed; loss compensation
6/18/1997Examinationexamined for condition
6/23/1997Treatmenttechnical study; stabilized
8/06/1998Examinationsurvey
Exhibitions
  • 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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Period
ca. 2350 BCE (Old Kingdom, late 5th dynasty)
Medium
limestone, traces of paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.425
Measurements
21 7/16 x 12 3/16 x 8 3/4 in. (54.5 x 31 x 22.3 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt, Dishashah, mastaba of Nen-kheft-ka (Deshasheh) (Place of Discovery)

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