Statue of Tjeteti as a young man

Old Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103

The short kilt of this statue contrasted with the long kilt on the statue of the same man (26.2.9) cue 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 5thDdynasty and gradually became the prevailing style. Where serene self-contained countenances had been the order since the 4th Dynasty, 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.

Statue of Tjeteti as a young man, Wood

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