c. 2440–2355 BC
Limestone with pigment
Overall: 80.3 x 31.8 x 22.9 cm (31 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 9 in.)
Weight: 64 lbs.
Private Collection 10.2022
Find spot: Giza (Serdab of Weri and Meti [G2415])
This figure comes from a tomb in Giza (Egypt), near the Pyramid of Khufu.
Carved from a single block of limestone, this statue depicts a man in the classic Egyptian striding pose, with left leg advanced and arms by his sides. He wears a short, curled wig and a belted knee-length kilt, knotted in the front. Abundant pigment remains on the sculpture, including red (legs and other exposed skin), yellow (kilt), blue and turquoise (belt knot and tab), and black (wig, back pillar, and base). The statue is uninscribed, but probably represents Weri, the name carved into the base of a similar but smaller figure found in the same tomb.
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