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Arm from a female statue from Perneb's tomb

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 5
Reign:
reign of Isesi–Unis
Date:
ca. 2381–2323 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Tomb of Perneb, MMA excavations, 1913–14
Medium:
Wood, yellow paint
Dimensions:
L: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1914
Accession Number:
14.7.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 100
At least one statue of the deceased was an important element of the burial equipment. No complete statues were found during the clearance of Perneb's tomb, but several statue fragments were discovered in the debris of the superstructure. These would have belonged to one or more figures either of Perneb himself or of members of his family. The statues would have been placed originally in Perneb's "serdab," a hidden room behind one of the chapel walls (see 98.4.9).

The white color with which this arm has been painted indicates that it is from the figure of a woman, perhaps Perneb's wife.
From Saqqara, purchased from the Egyptian government, 1914.

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