Elaborate Shabti of the “Lady of the House …,” a title commonly used for married women Egypt 13th century BCE Painted limestone H: 24.7; W: 9 cm Gift of Abraham Guterman, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Amanirenas - a Kandake (warrior queen) of kush, Ameniras challenged the Romans who took over Egypt after the death of Cleopatra VII. She reigned from about 40 BCE to 10 BCE. She is one of the most famous kandakes, because of her role leading Kushite armies against the Romans from in a war that lasted five years, from 27 BCE to 22 BCE. She succeeded in negotiating a peace treaty on favourable terms. Amanirenas was described as brave, and blind in one eye.