DescriptionThe striking pattern on our scarf is derived from a small masterpiece of Egyptian woodcarving (Middle Kingdom, ca. 1981–1975 B.C.) in the Museum’s collection. Discovered in the tomb of the king’s chief steward Meketre, this statue of a richly adorned woman carrying a basket of food on her head was created along with a companion piece now in Cairo. They personify estates that would have provided food for Meketre’s spirit in perpetuity. The feather pattern on the woman’s dress is often found in representations of goddesses.
Viscose. Imported. 68'' x 20''.
- 68'' x 20''
Art HistoryThe Museum's collection of ancient Egyptian art contains about twenty-six thousand objects of artistic, historical, and cultural significance, dating from the Paleolithic to the Roman period (ca. 300,000 B.C.–A.D. 4th century). The majority of the collection comes from the Museum's thirty-five years of archaeological work in Egypt, which began in 1906 in response to growing Western interest in the culture of ancient Egypt.