Statuette of the provincial administrator Iby-ref - ROM2004_1039_13


Statuette of the provincial administrator Iby-ref

Medium:Wood, carved, inscribed, inlaid and painted
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1985-1795 BC
Period: 12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
46 x 22.9 x 11.5 cm
Object number: 958.221.1
Credit Line: From the Estate of the late Dr. Kate McLaren
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis wooden tomb figure of a late 12th Dynasty (ca. 1775 BC) official, Iby-ref, is an exquisite example of craftsmanship of the period. The inlaid eyes render the figure remarkably life-like and traces of red pigment indicate the statuette was painted. The left arm and fronts of feet have been restored. This figure would have been the object of offerings in his tomb on a regular basis and was considered able to magically receive these offerings for use by the deceased in the Afterworld.
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