Statue of the Lector Priest Kaaper, known as…

Statue of the Lector Priest Kaaper, known as Sheikh el-Belad

(sycamore wood,

eyes made from rock crystal rimmed with copper), from his Mastaba C8 in North Saqqara.

At the time of its discovery by Auguste Mariette, an unpopular mayor in the village had died, and when the local workmen looked into the eyes of this statue they believed that he had returned.

Thus, Mariette dubbed it the Sheikh el-Balad, The Headman of the Village.

Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.