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Statue of man hoeing from tomb of Tjeteti

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:
H. 25 cm
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.2.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Wooden models first appeared alongside stone serving statues in the latter part of the fifth dynasty. Gradually the provisioning activities shown among these models were expanded upon. This figure from the tomb of Tjeteti shows a hoeing man, his legs inserted in a small base without feet indicated. Over time these wooden models develop into elaborate vignettes of unnamed wooden figures arranged together on platforms and engaged in farm activities .
Excavated 1921-22 by Cecil Firth for the Egyptian Government. Purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Egyptian Government, 1926.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 113.

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