Seated pair statue of man and wife

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2465–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2231 / X


Height x width x depth: 23 x 13.5 x 16 cm (9 1/16 x 5 5/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Seated pair statue of painted limestone; head and part of right shoulder of man and torso of female figure broken off and missing; front right corner of base missing. Considerable amount of pigment remaining: traces of reddish-brown paint on skin of male figure, necklace outline drawn but paint gone; traces of yellow on female feet; black lines on female right foot and on male kilt; base has traces of black. Incised hieroglyphic text carried on both right and left sides of base.


From Giza, Tomb G 2231/X. 1912: 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.
(Accession date: December 5, 1912)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition