Statuette of a Striding Official
Statuette of a Striding Official
Statuette of a Striding Official
Statuette of a Striding Official
Statuette of a Striding Official
Statuette of a Striding Official
Statuette of a Striding Official

Image Resources | Currently on View in Leah and Charles Redish Gallery (K312)

Statuette of a Striding Official

Old Kingdom


The long, triangular kilt worn by the subject may mark him as an official. Shorter kilts were fashionable during the Old Kingdom, but longer kilts were worn by the upper class and by older men. Most officials and elites of the Old Kingdom were buried in mastabas, free-standing tomb structures made of mud-brick. The central part of these tombs included an offering room, with a false door before which visitors could make offerings.

Statues such as this one would have been placed in a hidden room, called the serdab, behind the false door. The ka (soul) of the deceased could accept offerings through its serdab. Tomb maintenance was important in ensuring a successful afterlife, and families of the deceased were expected to regularly make offerings of food and wine.

Egyptian and Near Eastern Art

The long, triangular kilt worn by the subject may mark him as an official.  Shorter kilts were fashionable during the Old Kingdom, but longer kilts were worn by the upper class and by older men.  Most officials and elites of the Old Kingdom were buried in mastabas, free-standing tomb structures made of mud-brick.  The central part of these tombs included an offering room, with a false door before which visitors could make offerings.

Statues such as this one would have been placed in a hidden room, called the serdab, behind the false door. The ka (soul) of the deceased could accept offerings through its serdab. Tomb maintenance was important in ensuring a successful afterlife, and families of the deceased were expected to regularly make offerings of food and wine.

Object Information

nationality
Egyptian
dynasty
Fifth dynasty
period
Old Kingdom
creation date
2465 - 2323 BCE
materials
limestone
dimensions
21 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.
accession number
28.222
credit line
Gift of Dr. George A. Reisner, through Alex. R. Holliday
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Ancient Art of the Mediterranean
colors