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Statue of Idi

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 6
ca. 2200 B.C.
From Egypt; Possibly from Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos
H. 39.2 × W. 13.1 × D. 20.4 cm (15 7/16 × 5 3/16 × 8 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Idi was a high official of the Sixth Dynasty, possibly identical with a vizier of the name name buried at Abydos. The animation of his face's large features and the minimal modeling of his body are elements of a style that originated late in the Fifth Dynasty at Saqqara and spread during the Sixth Dynasty to the provinces.
Given to Commodore Matthew C. Perry by the Egyptian Khedive. Passed through the Perry family to Miss Jane Perry Tiffany (granddaughter of Perry). Purchased from Miss Tiffany by the Museum, 1937.

Hayes, William C. 1938. "Two Egyptian Statuettes." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 33, no. 4 (April), pp. 107–108, fig. 1.

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