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Headless statue of Babaef as younger man

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 4–5
ca. 2475–2450 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Giza, Western Cemebery, Mastaba G5230, Harvard-Boston MFA excavations 1914
H. 120.5 × W. 37.5 cm (47 7/16 × 14 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
The two statues 64.66.1 and 64.66.2 were found in the mastaba of Babaef. They are part of a set of as many as sixty representations of him in alabaster, red and black granite, and limestone. The taut flesh and muscles and the energetic stride of his youth in 64.66.1 contrast with the softened muscles, lost flesh tone, and measured stride of his maturity in 64.66.2.

Babaef was a vizier and overseer of all construction projects. He was described as "king's son of his body" and "unique associate of his father," though the king himself is not mentioned by name.
smr Hr.j-sStA n pr aA Hr.j sStA n pr-dwA.t bA-bA-f

Sole companion Privy to the secret(s) of the palace Privy to the secret(s) of the House of Morning*


* Those who bore the title Privy to the secret(s) of the House of Morning probably had immediate access to the king, as they assisted the king in his daily rites of purification and robing in preparation for the divine ritual, see Blackman, JEA 5 (1918): 148-65.

Niv Allon 2017
Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Boston expedition in Giza in 1914, received by the MFA from the Egyptian Government in the allotment of finds. Acquired from the MFA by the Museum in 1964.

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