05/15/2013 03:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

82nd & Fifth: SUSTENANCE by Catharine Roehrig

Touching the edge of the perfectly balanced basket on her head, an alluring woman in the prime of her youth is depicted bringing offerings to the deceased. "It shows an individual artist at their absolute best," says curator Catharine Roehrig. "They've captured her in a moment in time."

View a series of images from the discovery of this statue, which was found in a hidden chamber leading into the tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre.