Statue of Vizier Bakenrenef

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Psammetichus I
664–610 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x length: 50 x 22 x 10.5 cm (19 11/16 x 8 11/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1970.495

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Vizier Bakenrenef is shown striding, left foot forward, hands at his sides. He wears a shendyt kilt and short wig. His body is finely executed, with broad shoulders, a narrow waist, long arms, a softly modeled chest, and a youthful, idealized face. The inscription on the back pillar lists Bakenrenef’s titles. His name is broken off, but the titles correspond to those in the tomb of Bakenrenef at Saqqara. His lower legs, feet and base are restored.

Provenance

Before 1894: Greau Collection; by 1894: H. Hoffmann Collection (Georges Legrain, Collection H. Hoffmann, pt. 3, Antiquites egyptiennes [Paris, 1894], no. 41, p. 16, pl. 9); by 1952, Paris private collection; sold in Paris at Hotel Drouot sale no. 6 May 9, 1952 (cat. no. 24. pl. 3); by 1953 with Ascher (Paris); by 1970, with Michael Kennedy (New York); purchased by the MFA from Michael Kennedy November 10, 1970.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund