Seated figure of Nefersehefen

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2500–2350 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2185 B

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 37.1 x 12.1 x 17.8 cm (14.6 x 4.75 x 7 in.)

Accession Number

37.640

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This seated figure was found in a tomb at Giza, where it would have provided the necessary resting place for the ka (eternal life force) of Nefersefu. He is shown seated in a charcteristic Egyptian pose, with his right hand clenched and his left hand resting flat on his lap. He wears a swept-back, shoulder-length hairstyle and a white linen kilt secured by a knot in front.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 2185 B. 1935: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, September 1935 (field number 35-9-39); 1937: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition