Group Statue of Seneb and His Family

Group Statue of Seneb and His Family

Seneb was a dwarf who served as a high-ranking court official in the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, circa 2520 BC. Despite his diminutive size, Seneb was a person of considerable importance and wealth who …

Statue of Nykara and his Family

Statue of Nykara and his Family

This family statue depicts Nykara, whose title is Scribe of the Granary, seated between the two standing figures of his wife and son. If Nykara were shown standing, his dimensions are such that he would …

Relief of a Nobleman

Relief of a Nobleman

The exact context of this relief is unknown. The anonymous noble’s garment and elaborate wig with lotus flower fillet and intricate locks are perfect attire for an offering scene in the underworld. The relief clearly …

Figured Ostracon

Figured Ostracon

Sketch of a common crane, a vulture, and a hound possibly basenji. This probably a series of trial sketches, not an integrated composition, and the subjects were sketched independently. Ostraca (limestone blocks) were often used …

Dispute Over a Hut

Dispute Over a Hut

Fragmentary limestone ostracon with a hieratic inscription recording the resolution of a dispute over a hut inherited by the workman Wennofer. The inscription is unusual in being incised and filled with blue frit, a technique …

Ostracon of Ramesses III Crushing an Enemy

Ostracon of Ramesses III Crushing an Enemy

One of the most typical royal scenes is reproduced on this ostracon. The king in the act of crushing the defeated enemy. The scene was widely used on pylons and external walls of temples. On …

Ostracon of a Prayer

Ostracon of a Prayer

This ostracon is depicting a scribe in the act of praying, drawing on a piece of limestone. The ancient Egyptians drew on ostraca for a variety of reasons; for example, while planning work on tombs …

Ostracon of a Cat Minding Geese

Ostracon of a Cat Minding Geese

This ostracon shows a cheerful episode from an Egyptian folktale. In this tale the roles of the natural world are reversed. Here, a cat, standing on its hind legs, acts as guide and protector to …

Statue of Akhenaten Kissing his Daughter

Statue of King Akhenaten Kissing his Daughter

This unfinished limestone sculpture of King Akhenaten kissing his daughter is of high artistic quality. It was discovered in a sculptor’s atelier, or workshop, at Tell el-Amarna. It depicts King Akhenaten supporting on his knee …

Statue of King Horemheb and God Horus

Statue of Horemheb and Horus

This nearly life-size statue is made of white limestone. Horemheb is seated on the right side of Horus, who places his right arm around the king’s waist. The god’s left hand is holding the sign …