Pair statue from the tomb of Weri

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, reign of Niuserra to Una
2455–2350 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2415


Height x width x depth: 56.5 x 29.2 x 17.8 cm (22 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 7 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology of the University of Memphis, since April 23, 2003


The Ancient World



This limestone pair statue comes from the tomb of Weri. It is a standing group of a man and wife. The woman embraces the man with her right arm and touches the man’s arm with her left hand. The man strides forward on his left leg, while clenching steinkern in his fists. The woman wears a tight fitting dress, and the man wears a triangular projecting kilt. The waist band is plain with a knot. They both wear wigs with incised lines showing details. The facial features are round and plump. There are remnants of red paint on the man’s skin and yellow paint on the woman’s skin. They are standing on a base with a back pillar to support them. The man’s nose and right eyebrow are chipped.


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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition