This pair of statues were found in the tomb of the people they represent – Mastaba 6 at Meidum. Rahotep and his wife Nofret were members of the 4th Dynasty royal family, and it’s thought that Rahotep was probably a brother of Khufu who build the Great Pyramid.

Of course they probably didn’t look quite like this. As with all Egyptian art the statues represented them but weren’t a portrait of them (realism as the aim of art is a very modern thing comparatively speaking). This is the ideal, the way they wanted to be for eternity.

I like the details on Nofret’s headband – rosettes and flowers on what I assume would’ve been a strip of white linen in life. And the way her natural hairline pokes out the front from under the thick wig.

Statues of Rahotep and Nofret. From the Mastaba of Rahotep, Meidum. Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Sneferu, c. 2575-2551 BCE. Acc. No.s: CG3, CG4

They are now in the Cairo Museum, acc. no.s CG3 and CG4.

See it on my photo site: and go one to the right for a face on photo of Nofret.

Jigsaw puzzles:

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