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Standing statue of Merti with cropped hair

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 5
Reign:
reign of Isesi–Unis
Date:
ca. 2381–2323 B.C. probably
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Tomb of Merti, Egyptian Antiquities Service excavations
Medium:
Acacia, gesso, paint
Dimensions:
39 3/4 in. (101 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.2.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Merti was a high official and provincial governor. Eleven exceptionally large wooden statues were found in the serdab (statue chamber) of his tomb. Five are in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (26.2.2 - 26.2.6); five, including two wooden scribes, are in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo; and one is in the Medlhavsmuseet, Stockholm.
Most of these statues represent Merti in various aspects of his life and career, denoted by changes in wigs and garments. Surprisingly, three statues of women were also present, each in a different wig.
Here Merti wears his hair short, his figure is subtly softer and more aged, and he wears a kilt with a projecting front panel.
Excavated by the Egyptian Antiquities Service at Saqqara. Purchased by the Museum from the Egyptian Government, 1926.

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