Statuette of Wah, Cedar, plaster, paint, linen

Statuette of Wah

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
reign of Amenemhat I, early
ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), beside feet of mummy, MMA excavations, 1920
Cedar, plaster, paint, linen
h. 32.2 cm (12 11/16 in); w. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in); l. 17 cm (6 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
This statuette, intended to serve as a home for Wah's spirit, depicts a young man in the prime of life. Full of vigor, the little figure has the imposing presence of a much larger statue. The linen wrap may imitate the type of long skirt worn by Middle Kingdom officials. Beneath this, the figure wears the more typical short kilt, carved into the wood and painted white.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1920. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1920.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 166.

Arnold, Dorothea 2015. "Statues in Their Settings: Encountering the Divine." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 20, fig. 25.