Relief of Hairdresser Inu
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, (ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.)
Excavated: Tomb of Queen Neferu, Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
Limestone, painted, 5 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (13.2 x 24.5 cm)
Brooklyn #51.231; Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
The other part of the hairdressing scene is Brooklyn #54.49
(There's other fragments from this tomb, Brooklyn #54.49, which I didn't photograph and one I did.)

"These fragments originally belonged to a scene showing royal hairdressers attending Queen Neferu (see accompanying reconstruction). The relief on the right depicts Neferu (identified as “The King’s Wife”) wearing an elaborate beaded collar. Behind her the hairdresser Henut has already pinned one strand of her mistress’s wig in place and twists another in her long graceful fingers. The other relief depicts “She who makes hair, Inu,” holding a triple lock of hair that she will attach to Neferu’s coiffure." (From info card)

The hieroglyph for "hair"

Reconstruction, featuring Brooklyn pieces along with other pieces the Met museum excavated,
The Brooklyn museum has piece at upper right of this reconstruction.

Another hairdressing scene, also from the 11th Dynasty:

The male attendant pouring the Queen a drink says, "For your ka, O mistress."
The KA is an aspect of the soul meaning vital life force.

The book giving the text translation, Ancient Egypt, by David P. Silverman, says the liquid is milk, while T.G.H. James says it is beer. I say it is cold water!

Photos and trace © Joan Ann Lansberry, May 2012