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Statue of Ipepy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This expensive quartzite statue of the Chief of the Household Ipepy sits in a cheaper limestone base that combines an offering table with a statue base. By substituting a limestone base for quartzite and combining the base and the offering table, Ipepy’s artist saved on both materials and the number of objects to create.
MEDIUM Quartzite, limestone
  • Place Found: Faiyum, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1870-1750 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 12 x 9 x 13 7/16 in., 49 lb. (30.5 x 22.9 x 34.2 cm, 22.23kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 57.140a-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Statue of Ipepy, ca. 1870-1750 B.C.E. Quartzite, limestone, 12 x 9 x 13 7/16 in., 49 lb. (30.5 x 22.9 x 34.2 cm, 22.23kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 57.140a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.140a-b_view1_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 57.140a-b_view1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Brown quartzite cube statue (B), of Ipp.i, son of Keky seated on plain base which is inserted in limestone base (A), in form of a table of offerings. Both pieces inscribed. Statue, bag wig, seamless cloak with one end clasped in right hand. Both hands are open, extended flat with palms down. Three lines of text (conventional offering formula), across front of statue. The limestone base is in form of high rectangle with top surface inscribed (contains the ‘appeal to the living’), and bearing relief representations of food offerings. A rare type. Condition: Nose of statue broken - otherwise statue is intact. Limestone base has scattered chips on edges of base, on front center and lower corner. Inscription directly on front of statue on base is chipped in center. Rear left corner of base was broken.
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