Below are two versions of an Egyptian sculpture referred to as an "Estate Figure," which dates circa 1981-1975 B.C. and is in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The image below left is the original Egyptian sculpture, and the image below right has been altered by us in five places. Can you find the changes we made? When you think you know, you can check your answers here. Scroll down below the pictures for more information about this Egyptian wood carving.
This Egyptian wood carving was discovered in a hidden chamber near the tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre, who served under King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II. This piece was found together with a second, very similar female figure. This Egyptian sculpture depicts a woman walking forward, carrying on her head a basket filled with cuts of meat and holding a live duck in her right hand. This type of figure reflects an offering bearer, who would provide sustenance for the spirit of the tomb owner in perpetuity.
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