Statue in a Niche
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 2600-2345 B.C.E.
IV Dynasty - V Dynasty
45 1/4 x 22 1/8 x 8 in. (114.9 x 56.2 x 20.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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)
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