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Statue of Tjeteti in middle age

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 6
Reign:
later reign of Pepi II at earliest
Date:
ca. 2200–2152 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, Tomb 6001 of Tjeteti, Serdab, Egyptian Antiquities Service excavations
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
42 cm, 3.5 lb. (16 9/16 in., 1.6 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.2.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
The long kilt with a projecting front panel on this statue contrasts with the short kilt on the statue of the same man (26.2.8), cueing the viewer to the fact that the first is meant to represent Tjeteti as a young active man and the second as a mature official.

These two statues have been pointed to as exemplars of a 'second style' that emerged in Egyptian elite art at the end of the 5th dynasty and gradually became the prevailing style. Where serene self-contained countenances had been the order since the 4th dyansty, the faces of statues in the second style may show overlarge eyes and countenances lined not by age but by animation. Bodies of statues may also be thinner and less muscled, and hands may be overlarge. The change probably reflects religious changes at the time.
Excavated 1921-22 by Cecil Firth for the Egyptian Government. Purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Egyptian Government, 1926.

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