Statue of Metjetji

Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 5 or early Dynasty 6
2400–2300 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt


Height x width x depth: 80 x 17.8 x 44.5 cm (31 1/2 x 7 x 17 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Wooden standing painted figure of Metjetji on its inscribed original base. He wears a black short wig. He wears a kilt with a tab. Both arms are hanging down with clenched fists, which are holding steinkern. The left foot strides forward. There are remains of plaster covering the surface of the statuette, especially where separately carved parts are joined to the body. The white stucco coating of the skirt shows traces of white and yellow color. There are several vertical cracks in the wood. The eyes, lids, and brows are detailed with black paint. The facial features are round and plump. The arms are separate pieces, which are joined into a shoulder socket. The base is slightly uneven.


From Egypt. By 1947: with Meguid Sameda, Cairo; 1947: puchase by the MFA for $4000.

(Accession date: Nov-13-1947)

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund