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.
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. 112.