Standing Statue of Merti with flaring wig
- Old Kingdom
- Dynasty 5
- reign of Isesi–Unis
- ca. 2381–2323 B.C. probably
- From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Tomb of Merti, Egyptian Antiquities Service excavations
- Acacia, paint, Gesso
- 58 1/4 in. (148 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1926
- Accession Number:
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.
This statue shows Merti in a flaring wig pushed behind his ears and a short kilt. His original wooden stick and baton, indicatiors of rank, are preserved.