Characteristic forms of Egyptian art were developed and refined during the Old Kingdom (ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E). At that time, artists established naturalistic anatomical proportions, as well as poses for standing and seated gures, and statue compositions of family groups. One of the oldest known Egyptian representations of the mother and child, this statuette portrays Queen Ankhnes-meryre II who ruled on behalf of her son Pepy II—a small boy when he came to the throne. The queen draws on associations with the goddess Isis who raised her son Horus after her husband’s death and saw her son become legitimate king of Egypt. Visit our refreshed #BKMEgyptianart galleries to take in over 4,000 years of astonishing objects from this ancient multicultural society.
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