In this example of a block statue made of granite, Hetep is wearing a smooth, flaring wig with a slight central parting that leaves his protruding ears exposed. In contrast with the modeling of the body the face, with its soft, delicate lines, is carefully finished. The eyes, with the typical eye-paint, are large, the nose is regularly shaped and the mouth small with full lips.

The chin is thrust slightly forwards and is adorned with a short beard striated with horizontal incised lines. The arms rest flat on the upper surface of the cube while the large legs with thick ankles and broad feet are well defined below. Deep incisions delineate bone structure and musculature. An offering verse and the name and titles of the figure are incised on either side of and between the legs.

Block Statue of Hotep
Block Statue of Hotep

Middle Kingdom, early 12th Dynasty. From Saqqara necropolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo JE 48858

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