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Statue in a Niche

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

In the tomb, a statue of the deceased served as the focal point. When the ka-soul occupied the statue, priests made food and drink offerings to the deceased. These statues take many forms, but the standing statue like this one, stepping forward to meet the priests, was one of the most popular. This statue illustrates the belief that the deceased’s spirit could pass through a stone panel in the tomb, carved to resemble a door, to receive offerings.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2600-2345 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 4 to Dynasty 5
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 45 1/4 x 22 1/8 x 8 in. (114.9 x 56.2 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large tall rectangular door panel with a standing figure of a man carved half in the within the framework. The man wears a bobbed wig with curls in tiers, and a short kilt which is pleated on one side. His feet, which would have protruded out from the frame have been broken off. The face is broad with small eyes and mouth. Condition: Sides and rear fairly smooth; all front surfaces chipped and worn.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Statue in a Niche, ca. 2600-2345 B.C.E. Limestone, 45 1/4 x 22 1/8 x 8 in. (114.9 x 56.2 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.24E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.24E_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.24E_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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