Triad of Pehenptah and Amendjefaes

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5 or 6
2465–2150 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 5280

Dimensions

Overall: 64.5 x 43 x 40.6 cm (25 3/8 x 16 15/16 x 16 in.) Case (painted wooden pedestal): 90.5 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm (35 5/8 x 20 x 20 in.) Case (plex-bonnet): 77.2 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm (30 3/8 x 20 x 20 in.)

Accession Number

13.4330

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The Egyptians occasionally usurped the statues of their predecessors by reinscribing them with new names and titles. In other cases they symbolically destroyed the memory and the chance for a successful afterlife of certain individuals by smashing their statues. This fragmentary triad may be an example of such willful destruction. It was discovered in numerous pieces along with two other statues in the serdab, or statue chamber, of the tomb and has been restored.
The text in front of the toes of the man at the viewer’s left identifies him as “the scribe of royal documents, Pehenptah.” His wife, named Amendjefaes, embraces him with both hands. The figure to her left (the viewer’s right)is most likely an additional image of Pehenptah.

Provenance

From Giza. G 5380 / serdab 4-6
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition