Statue in a Niche
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: IV Dynasty - V Dynasty
- 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)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.24E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)