Headless statue of Babaef as older man

Old Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103

The two statues 64.66.1 and 64.66.2 were found in the mastaba of Babaef. They are part of a set of as many as sixty representations of him in alabaster, red and black granite, and limestone. The taut flesh and muscles and the energetic stride of his youth in 64.66.1 contrast with the softened muscles, lost flesh tone, and measured stride of his maturity in 64.66.2.
Babaef was a vizier and overseer of all construction projects. He was described as "king's son of his body" and "unique associate of his father," though the king himself is not mentioned by name.

Headless statue of Babaef as older man, Limestone

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