Category: old kingdom

Force feeding tame cranes, detail of a wall …

Force feeding tame cranes, detail of a wall carving from the Mastaba of

Mereruka. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2333 BC,

reign of king Teti. Saqqara Necropolis.

Ptahhotep in leopard skin, raising a goblet …

Ptahhotep in leopard skin, raising a goblet to his lips, detail of a wall carving from the Mastaba of Ptahhotep.

Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

King Menkaure, the goddess Hathor, and the d…

King

Menkaure, the goddess Hathor, and the deified Hare nome (greywacke)

The sublime beauty of this triple statue masks the sophistication of its composition. The central and largest figure is Hathor, an important goddess throughout Egyptian history associated with fertility, creation, birth, and rebirth. She was the king’s divine mother and protector.

Reign of Menkaure. Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2532-2503 BC. Now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 09.200

Statuette of a nude man (wood and pigment)…

Statuette of

a nude man

(wood and pigment). Late Old Kingdom,

6th-8th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2160 BC. Ex Belgian private collection Publication History: Colette Verlinden, Archeologie (Paris: Galerie Blondeel-Deroyan). Now in the Phoenix Ancient Art Gallery.

Relief depicting two boys wearing the side lo…

Relief

depicting two boys wearing the side lock of youth.

The bird being held by the figure on the right is a

hoopoe

(painted limestone). 

Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Saqqara Necropolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Werner Forman Archive

The smaller copper statue of Pepi I Meryre, ca…

The smaller copper statue of Pepi I Meryre, ca. 1900

Pepi I Meryre (reigned 2332–2287 BC) was the third king of the Sixth dynasty of Egypt.

Copper statue of Pepi I or perhaps his son Merenra Nemtyemsaf I, from Hierakonpolis. Photograph Onbekend

Painted limestone statue of princess Nofret, w…

Painted limestone statue of princess Nofret, wife of Prince Rahotep, a son of Pharaoh Sneferu. Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2613-2494 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Giza

Offering bearers, detail of a wall relief f…

Offering bearers, detail of a wall relief

from the Mastaba of Ptahhotep and Akhethotep. Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

Diorite statue of pharaoh Khafra enthroned wit…

Diorite statue of pharaoh Khafra enthroned with wings of falcon god Horus wrapped around his head, from his valley temple near the Great Sphinx, Giza. Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2570 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.