Male serving statuette with goose

Old Kingdom
2649–2134 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2088, Rm E


Overall: 21 x 24.2 x 10.2 cm (8 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This serving statuette portrays a squatting preparing to cook a goose. Now broken into five pieces, the statue is missing the left part of ther man’s face and neck, part of his lower left arm, part of the knife, two chips of goose’s neck and some of the base. A name (the reading is unclear) is written vertically along the edge of the base. Although the statue was originally painted, the color is almost all gone except for traces of black on the back of man’s and and red-brown on the man’s left shoulder and lower arm.


From Giza, G 2088, Rm E. 1938: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition