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Some statues are appealing because of their superb workmanship, beautiful stone, or interesting composition. This one captivates because it has none of these attributes. From the Old Kingdom through the Late Period, Egyptian artists employed a canon based on natural body proportions to dictate...

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From Giza, G 7772. May, 1928: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1939: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5 or 6, 2465–2150 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 47 x 17.5 x 19 cm (18 1/2 x 6 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World