King Menkaura with his Wife, possibly Khamerernebty II

King Menkaura with his Wife, possibly Queen Khamerernebty II
From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, Dyn.4, 24902472 B.C.E.
Greywacke, Size: 142.2 x 57.1 x 55.2 cm, 676.8 kg (56 x 22 1/2 x 21 3/4 in., 1492.1 lb.)
"Who is represented here? The base of the statue which is usually inscribed with the names and titles of the subject represented, was left unfinished and never received the final polish of most of the rest of the statue. Because it was found in Menkaura's Valley Temple and because it resembles other statues from the same findspot bearing his name, there is no doubt that the male figure is King Menkaura. Reisner suggested that the woman was Queen Kamerernebty II, the only of Menkaura's queens known by name. She, however, had only a mastaba tomb, while two unidentified queens of Menkaura had small pyramids."(From museum website)
Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, 1911; MFA #11.1738
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Menkaura with possibly Khamerernebty II
"In their serene expressions and clear sense of purpose, these two images are representative of the idealized concept of the monarchy in Egypt's classical, or pyramid age. The superlative craftsmanship is evident in both the faces and the rendering of the knee and leg musculature. The queen's knees are softly portrayed through her full length garment." (From info card)
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Detail of Menkaura
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Detail of Queen (Khamerernebty II?)
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Back view
"Although this pair statue was set up in the temple, the statue itself was never completely finished as can be seen by the roughness of the base and back. Details of the costume were finished in paint, faint traces of which still remain."(From info card)
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Detail of wife's hand embracing her husband
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King Menkaura with his Wife, possibly Queen Khamerernebty II
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2014