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Relief Fragment of Shepenwepet II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This relief fragment from a chapel in North Karnak shows a God's Wife of Amun, a celibate high priestess of the god, wearing a vulture headdress. The ankh-sign held before her nose is offered by a now missing deity. The provenance of this block, as well as the stylistic detailing of the mouth, nose, and eye, suggests an identification with Shepenwepet II, the daughter of the Kushite king Piye.

CULTURES Egyptian; Nubian
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES ca. 700 B.C.E.
DYNASTY second half of Dynasty 25
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 11 7/16 x 11 5/8 x 2 3/16 in. (29.1 x 29.6 x 5.6 cm)
ACCESSION NUMBER 74.99.2
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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