Ancient Egyptian Wood figure of a priest, Old Kingdom, 2592-2118 BC

Material:  Wood
Conservation:  Wear on the underside of the wood.
Material:  Wood
Dimensions:  27 x 6 cm
Provenance:  Old European Collection / Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2014 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/00658 with date 14/02/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
Ref fcr021 Category Tag

From the moment it became ideologically acceptable to substitute offerings for their mere representation in wall paintings, it became possible to do the same with the funeral trousseau, which allowed the deceased to take with him whatever he needed to make his other life comfortable. Wooden models were placed next to the coffin, the most common being representations of warriors, servers working, processing food, prayers, offerers, etc. This model made of polychrome wood shows an Egyptian priest with the characteristic hairstyle that identified this social rank. He is represented upright, with a frontal posture and a hieratic face, thus employing the Egyptian traditions used to give solemnity to characters of high social status.

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