Head of a Female Sphinx

Head of a Female Sphinx
Egypt (said to be from Matariya), mid Dynasty 12, 1897-1878 B.C.E.
Quartzite, Width x height x depth: 24 x 27 x 22 cm (9 7/16 x 10 5/8 x 8 11/16 in.)
Complex credit line, MFA #2002.609

Photos ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2014

"The sloping shoulders on this lovely head indicate that it comes from a sphinx. Although her name is not preserved, the uraeus (sacred cobra) at her brow indicates that she is a queen. Stylized eyes combined with subtle modeling around the mouth enable us to attribute here more precisely as Khnemetneferhedjetweret (Weret for short), chief wife of Senwosret II. The distinctive modeling of the queen's mature face represents a milesone in the development of Middle Kingdom portraiture that reaches its culmination in the head of a nobleman shown nearby." (From info card)

The Brooklyn museum also has a Middle Kingdom female sphinx head.