Statue of Metjetji

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


Findspot: Egypt

Dimensions

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

47.1455

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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