Egypt and the Near East

Statuette of Kheredeankh

Ptolemaic period (333-32 BC)

This represents a woman in a walking pose, with a curly wig and the Uraeus serpent on her forehead.

It is Kheredeankh, mother of Imhotep, the architect who built the step pyramid at Saqqara. Kheredeankh appears on many of the reliefs in Ptolemaic temples.


The Fertile Crescent, which includes Egypt and the Near East, witnessed the emergence of the first urban civilisations, the first centralised political structure and the first monumental architecture. The objects in this section shed light on the vast contributions to civilisation made by Mesopotamian cultures. They also offer an insight into the unique natural environment in which the ancient Egyptians and Nubians lived, as well as their daily life, religious beliefs and funeral customs.

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