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Irukaptah and his Family

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Family statues from the Old Kingdom often depict the adult male as the largest figure, indicating his position as head of the household. Here, the much smaller figure of the woman is shown kneeling and embracing her husband’s leg in a conventional Egyptian gesture of love and support. The couple’s son is depicted naked with his hair in a sidelock and a finger to his mouth—a standard way of indicating that he is a young child.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2455–2425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY V Dynasty
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 29 × 10 × 9 1/2 in., 60 lb. (73.7 × 25.4 × 24.1 cm, 27.22kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.17E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Irukaptah and his Family, ca. 2455–2425 B.C.E. Limestone, 29 × 10 × 9 1/2 in., 60 lb. (73.7 × 25.4 × 24.1 cm, 27.22kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.17E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.17E_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.17E_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone statue of a man, his wife and child (son). The man is shown striding with his left foot forward and his hands clenched at his sides to hold “emblematic staves”. He wears a short wig the bottom of which slants downwards towards the rear. His kilt is half pleated. Kneeling by his side and clasping his left leg is a small representation of his wife. Standing by his right side is his nude son, with the sidelock of childhood, holding a finger to his mouth. Condition: Back bottom and sides of base roughly hewn. Figure of owner battered and pitted on sides, shoulders and arms. Nose missing.
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