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Seated Statue of the Superintendent of the Granary Irukaptah

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This statue functioned as a place for Irukaptah to receive offerings from this world to convey to the next world. The Egyptians believed that the ka-soul could inhabit a statue like this. Scenes of offering carved on the sides of this chair show men offering fowl, linen, and food in containers. On the back, two women offer objects in a chest and perhaps bread. These scenes substitute for or augment scenes of offerings that were carved on the walls of the tomb.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2425-2350 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late V Dynasty
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 29 3/4 x 11 x 16 9/16 in. (75.5 x 28 x 42 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Seated Statue of the Superintendent of the Granary Irukaptah, ca. 2425-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, 29 3/4 x 11 x 16 9/16 in. (75.5 x 28 x 42 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.20E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 37.20E_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone seated figure of a man. Hands in the “Chephren” pose. He wears a triangular kilt. Sides and rear of seat decorated with figures in relief. This statue has been identified as a representation of Irukaptah: a man known from, among other things, 37.17E, 37.18E, and 37.19E. Condition: The nose is missing and the face much pit-marked. The right hand corner of the skirt is missing as well. No traces of paint survive. Minor scratches and chips on all surfaces – especially the chest and pectorals. Right rear corner of seat is missing.
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