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Statuette of a Male Deity

The figure's large wig and unusual clothing, which consists of a penis sheath attached to a belt, indicate that he is a deity, but his exact identity is uncertain. Made for either a temple or a king's tomb, this statue was the product of a royal workshop, where very hard stone such as gneiss was finely and carefully modeled. This depiction of the god's strong, youthful body reflects the ideal of the male form in early Old Kingdom sculpture.

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