Standing figure of Weri

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, reign of Niuserra
2450–2323 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2415

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 44.7 x 11.5 x 16 cm (17 5/8 x 4 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.2599

Medium or Technique

Limestone

On View

Egypt: Old Kingdom Funerary Arts Gallery (Gallery 105B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Standing male figure. Part of an intact group of statuary found in the serdab of Giza, tomb G 2415


Old Kingdom serdabs sometimes contained statuettes of relatives and friends of the deceased performing humble tasks as a demonstration of their piety. Their inclusion in the serdab entitled them to a share in the funerary offerings, while the tomb owner in turn enjoyed the fruits of the activities portrayed. This statuette was found in the serdab of Weri, who is portrayed in the typical pose of an Egyptian official, with his hands clenched at his sides and his left foot forward.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 2415. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1921: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition