Statue of Ranefer
The statue depicts Ranefer, standing and is wearing an overlapped kilt of medium length. His hair was cut short and the eyes are painted. This splendid statue was found together with another statue, almost identical, in two niches in the chapel at his tomb at Saqqara. This one shows him in an old age while the other in the flush of youth.
Ranefer was a High Priest of Ptah and Seker in Memphis at the end of the 4th Dynasty and the beginning of the 5th Dynasty. His name means “Ra is beautiful”. His main title was “greatest of the directors of craftsmen belonging to the day of festival”. This is a variation of the title normally assigned to the High Priest of Ptah.
Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Painted limestone. From Saqqara Necropolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 10063