Statue of Vizier Bakenrenef

Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Psammetichus I
664–610 B.C.


Height x width x length: 50 x 22 x 10.5 cm (19 11/16 x 8 11/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Vizier Bakenrenef is shown striding, left foot forward, hands at his sides. He wears a shendyt kilt and short wig. His body is finely executed, with broad shoulders, a narrow waist, long arms, a softly modeled chest, and a youthful, idealized face. The inscription on the back pillar lists Bakenrenef’s titles. His name is broken off, but the titles correspond to those in the tomb of Bakenrenef at Saqqara. His lower legs, feet and base are restored.


Before 1894: Greau Collection; by 1894: H. Hoffmann Collection (Georges Legrain, Collection H. Hoffmann, pt. 3, Antiquites egyptiennes [Paris, 1894], no. 41, p. 16, pl. 9); by 1952, Paris private collection; sold in Paris at Hotel Drouot sale no. 6 May 9, 1952 (cat. no. 24. pl. 3); by 1953 with Ascher (Paris); by 1970, with Michael Kennedy (New York); purchased by the MFA from Michael Kennedy November 10, 1970.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund