Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Lady Tuty’s statuette, along with the adjacent figure of Lady Mi, was discovered in a communal tomb at Medinet Gurob. The style of Tuty’s sculpture is more traditional than that of Mi: the figure is slimmer and the fringed dress is depicted in a plainer, heavier fabric. Certain elements—such as the big gilded earrings and the faint traces of gilded sandals—associate her with the extraordinary wealth of Amunhotep’s time. The cone on her head represents a type of perfumed ointment worn by the wealthy at banquets and other opulent occasions. The cone gradually melted, releasing its fragrance over the hair and clothes.
Wood, gold leaf
ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
10 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (26 x 4.8 x 14 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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