Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of a statue of an older man

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 4–5
ca. 2550–2460 B.C.
From Egypt
Limestone, paint
4 x 4 3/16 x 3 3/8 in. (10.2 x 10.7 x 8.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Dodge Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
The small head was probably part of a standing statue with a back pillar. Narrow eyes, the remains of a jutting nose, a seamed face, and broad flat lips make this one of a restricted number of realistic depictions of aged officials from the Old Kingdom.
From Levi de Benzion Collection, Cairo. Purchased by the museum from Frank J. Tano, New York, 1947.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 110, fig. 63.

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