Statue of Metjetji
With titles such as, “Overseer of the Bureau of Tentantry of the Court“, “Overseer of the Office of the Palace of Tenants”, “Liege of the King of the Great Palace”, Metjetji was clearly a wealthy man of elite status. It is believed he worked directly with the king and possibly played an important role in the governing practices of his time. Surely, Metjetji was able to ensure himself a luxurious afterlife thanks to his status, as he was buried within a Saqqara tomb filled with multiple wooden Ka statues and even a limestone false door, on which he is depicted 8 times!
A man who lived, worked and died during Ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom period, it is believed Metjetji worked during the reign of King Unas, the last king of the 5th Dynasty, which fits the notion that Metjetji’s lifespan was between the late 5th to early 6th Dynasty.
Signifying his status, Metjetji is depicted in this particular statue with a short cropped wig, usekh collar and a necklace. He has a kilt (shendyt), adorned with a decorative girdle (belly chain/belt), that cascades down his front from the waist.
Now on display at the Brooklyn Museum (50.77) alongside two other painted wooden statues of Metjetji, also found within his tomb.
Old Kingdom, Late 5th-Early 6th Dynasty, c. 2371-2288 B.C.
Saqqara, Egypt. Tomb of Metjetji