Egyptian / Statue of Demedji and Hennutsen / ca. 2465-20 B.C.E.Egyptian
Statue of Demedji and Hennutsen
ca. 2465-20 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Statue of Demedji and Hennutsen
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -246
Creation End Date: -2
Creation Date: ca. 2465-20 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Statues
Materials and Techniques: Limestone
Dimensions: H. 32 1/8 in. (83 cm), W. 18 7/8 in. (48 cm), D. 20 1/8 in. (51cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 51.37
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1951

This pair statue, showing a husband and wife, is typical of non-royal statuary made during Dynasty 5 of the Old Kingdom. The bodies of both figures are well proportioned, though the woman's head is slightly offset to her right and her arms are unusually long. Typically, the faces are quite similar in spite of their different scales, but the features are well defined, giving each face an appealing expression. Special attention has been given to the coiffures, especially that of the woman.

Demedji was Overseer of the Desert, Overseer of the King's Hunters, and Herdsman of the King's Flocks. His wife, the royal acquaintance Henutsen, was priestess of the goddesses Hathor and Neith. Their pair statue was dedicated by a son, Ti, who was Senior Administrator, Chief of the Tens of the South, Master of Secrets, and Overseer of Marshes. The statue was once dated to the second half of Dynasty 5. However, if the couple's son is, in fact, the famous Ti of Saqqara, it must have been carved in the first half of the dynasty.

AMICA ID: MMA_.51.37
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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