Kneeling Statuette of Pepy I
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Almost any temple sculpture could serve as a cult statue, but the Egyptians only placed the most important cult images—as we believe this one of Pepy I to have been—in a temple's innermost room. This example was repaired at least twice in antiquity.
Although Pepy I was a king of Dynasty 6, this statue was carved in the style of Dynasty 4. Other figures of Pepy I that were not created as cult images show a more innovative mode. The choice of a traditional style reflects the conservative tendencies that influenced the carving of cult images.
Greywacke, alabaster, obsidian, copper
ca. 2338-2298 B.C.E.
6 x 1 13/16 x 3 9/16 in. (15.2 x 4.6 x 9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Kneeling Statuette of Pepy I, ca. 2338-2298 B.C.E. Greywacke, alabaster, obsidian, copper, 6 x 1 13/16 x 3 9/16 in. (15.2 x 4.6 x 9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.121. Creative Commons-BY
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Small green slate kneeling figure of Mr-y-Rc (Pepy I) holding a wine pot in each hand; eyes inlaid, copper rims, alabaster whites, obsidian pupils. Inscription along front of base (partly missing) and along left side.
Condition: Upper right side of headdress chipped; right arm assembled from several fragments but practically intact; right hand broken and portion of wine pot missing; rim of left wine pot slightly chipped; left front of plinth missing, right rear of plinth chipped. Uraeus presumably of metal missing but two holes or insertion remain.
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