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Kneeling Statuette of Pepy I

This statuette depicts King Pepy I kneeling and offering nu-pots, ritual vessels that held milk or wine. A king would kneel only before a god, so this statuette must have been placed before the statue of a deity in a temple. Inlaid eyes of black and white stone set in copper rims enhance the finely carved figure. The hole above Pepy's forehead originally held a uraeus-cobra, probably metal, signifying royalty.

Catalogue Description:
Small green slate kneeling figure of Mr-y-Rc (Pepy I) holding a wine pot in each hand; eyes inlaid, copper rims, alabaster whites, obsidian pupils. Inscription along front of base (partly missing) and along left side. Condition: Upper right side of headdress chipped; right arm assembled from several fragments but practically intact; right hand broken and portion of wine pot missing; rim of left wine pot slightly chipped; left front of plinth missing, right rear of plinth chipped. Uraeus presumably of metal missing but two holes or insertion remain.


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