This statue pictures a seated couple: the Egyptian chantress Baket-Mut, who would chant during ceremonies in the Temple of Amun, and her husband. The sculpture is dated to the early reign of Ramses II, most likely created between 1334 and 1274 B.C. Baket-Mut is sculpted with intricate details, including the countless braids that make up the wig she wears (the typical head-covering for a woman of her stature would have been made from real human hair), and the hieroglyphic inscription of her name that decorated her dress. Strikingly, her husband’s head and legs have been chopped off, which, the gallery believes, happened during antiquity—it was common for ancient Egyptians to damage artworks as a means of erasing a person they didn’t like from history. Remarkably, though, this sculpture was still used for quite some time, perhaps even after it had been damaged—as is evidenced by the chantress’s shiny knee, which was worn down by people rubbing it during ceremonies to honor ancestors.