Dynastic Egypt was a society in which the governmental structure was in the hands of men. Women of status were enabled by convention to be important to their communities, but were still reliant on male support. This is a limestone pair of the vizr Rahotep, son of king Khufu, and his wife Nofret. These beautiful statues from their tomb at Meidum. They are represented as equal partners in in this representation, even though women actually depended on men for their wealth and status, generally.
Last Updated: June 14th, 2011