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The statuette in the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh has intrigued admirers of Egyptian art ever since Cyril Aldred included it in his 1956 Egyptian Art in the Middle Kingdom and Janine Bourriau exhibited it in her memorable show "Pharaohs and Mortals"at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in 1988. Carved from wood, the figure was originally covered with a thin layer of gesso and painted. The unusual character of the figure is further emphasized by her clothing. Archaeological context aside, general art-historical considerations suggest that the figure of a foreign woman from Beni Hasan might fit well into a trend in early- to mid-12th Dynasty art toward subtle characterizations of human beings outside the general Egyptian type. One of the most extraordinary monuments of the 12th Dynasty is the painted rock tomb of UkhhotepIII, son of another Ukhhotep and his wife Henyherib at Meir in Middle Egypt.

Keywords: Beni Hasan; Cyril Aldred; Egyptian art; Janine Bourriau; Scotland; Ukhhotep

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