Discovered in his mastaba tomb at Dendera, this statue represents the nomarch (governor) of a province of Upper Egypt during the late Old Kingdom. This man, Idu II, wielded considerable power during the long reign of Pepi II, the last king of Dynasty 6. Created by a provincial artist, the figure has very large eyes and somehwat unconvential proportions, and is seated on a high-backed chair instead of the more common block seat. He wears a shoulder-length curled wig and a short kilt adorned by a beaded apron, indicated by a triangle on the front of the skirt. Traces of the original color -- black for the wig and chair, red for the skin, and white for the kilt, are still visible.
Since only fragments of the statues buried in the tomb of Perneb have been preserved (see 14.3.105-.106), this statue of Idu II is displayed in Perneb's serdab (statue chamber).Link to the Artist ProjectSarah Sze on the Tomb of Perneb