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Seated Statuette of Pepy I with Horus Falcon

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
King Pepy I sits on his throne wearing the tall white crown of Upper Egypt and an enveloping cloak associated with the Jubilee, a festival that demonstrated the king’s continued vigor after the first thirty years of his reign (though it was sometimes celebrated earlier).

Some scholars have suggested that the Egyptians created votive animal mummies to use in this festival.
MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite), pigment (Egyptian blue, red), and gypsum
  • Possible Place Collected: Southern Egypt, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2338–2298 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 6
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (26.7 x 6.98 x 15.9 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; before 1880, possibly purchased near Akmim by Elie or Michel Abemayor of Cairo, Egypt; before 1890, reportedly purchased from Elie or Michel Abemayor by Jacques Matossian of Alexandria, Egypt; by 1939, acquired by Marguerite and Paul Mallon of Paris, France and New York, NY; 1939, purchased from Marguerite and Paul Mallon by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Seated Statuette of Pepy I with Horus Falcon, ca. 2338–2298 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), pigment (Egyptian blue, red), and gypsum, 10 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (26.7 x 6.98 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.120. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 39.120_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 39.120_SL3.jpg., 2018
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