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Sarcophagus of Queen Kawit

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The sarcophagus of Queen Kawit, who was the wife of King Montuhotep the Second, was one of the most noteworthy in terms of the low-relief sculpture in the Theban court.

The outer faces of this limestone sarcophagus are decorated with scenes from daily life, such as the queen applying makeup. Other scenes depict offerings and the afterlife.

At the place of Queen Kawit's head, there is a palace facade with the central doors decorated with Udjat eyes to permit the deceased to communicate with the world of living.

The elongated bodies and the coarse facial features reflect the Theban ideal of feminine beauty.

Present location

EGYPTIAN MUSEUM [01/001] CAIRO EM

Inventory number

JE 47397

Dating

MENTUHOTEP II/NEBHEPETRE

Archaeological Site

DEIR EL-BAHARI

Category

COFFIN/SARCOPHAGUS OF HUMANS

Material

LIMESTONE

Technique

CARVED

Height

119 cm

Width

119 cm