Statue of Irankhptah and Nyankhhathor
Statue of Irankhptah and Nyankhhathor
Egypt (From Giza, tomb G 1501), Dynasty 4, 2613–2498 B.C.E.
Red Granite, HxWxD and weight: 49.2 x 32.7 x 31.4 cm, 65.3 kg (19 3/8 x 12 7/8 x 12 3/8 in., 144 lb.)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition 1912, MFA #12.1488

Photos © Joan Ann Lansberry

"This pair statue comes from a tomb at the far western edge of the Giza necropolis. The hieroglyphs incised on the laps of the figures identify them as "the steward Ir-ankh-Ptah," and his wife, "the king's acquaintance, Ny-ankh-Hathor." Since granite is very hard, the forms of this statue are modeled in less detail than those of the limestone sculptures on view in this gallery." (From info card.)

Here's a 4th Dynasty example, that of Queens Hetepheres II and Meresankh III. The granite, although less detailed, seems more durable.

Ny-ankh-Hathor's name means "Life Belongs to Hathor":

Sometimes the hieroglyphs are abbreviated to just the Hathor glyph, the "n" 'zig-zag' and the ankh sign.