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Funerary Statuette: Standing Man

Location

EGYPT

Era

Middle Kingdom, 11th Dynasty (2080-1940 B.C.E.)

Title

Funerary Statuette: Standing Man

Materials

Wood, traces of pigments

Dimensions

94 x 48 x 27 cm (with base)

Credits

Purchase, gift of F. Cleveland Morgan, inv. 1951.B.1

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This statuette is typical of the “second style” of the 6th to 11th dynasties. The position of the right arm has puzzled certain scholars, who see it as a mistake made during the object’s restoration. Others believe that the man held a bundle or that the figure depicts a litter bearer. Traces of polychrome remind us that this statuette no longer has its original appearance. According to Egyptian conventions, men’s skin was painted in red and women’s in yellow. The darker skin of men was due to working outside, while women had to protect theirs from the burning Egyptian sun.

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