Standing figure of Weri

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, reign of Niuserra
2450–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2415


Height x width x depth: 44.7 x 11.5 x 16 cm (17 5/8 x 4 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Egypt: Old Kingdom Funerary Arts Gallery (Gallery 105B)


The Ancient World



Standing male figure. Part of an intact group of statuary found in the serdab of Giza, tomb G 2415

Old Kingdom serdabs sometimes contained statuettes of relatives and friends of the deceased performing humble tasks as a demonstration of their piety. Their inclusion in the serdab entitled them to a share in the funerary offerings, while the tomb owner in turn enjoyed the fruits of the activities portrayed. This statuette was found in the serdab of Weri, who is portrayed in the typical pose of an Egyptian official, with his hands clenched at his sides and his left foot forward.


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.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition