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Statue of Sheikh el-Balad Representing Ka-aper
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Sheikh el-Balad, Arabic title for the chief of the village, was the name given to this remarkable wooden statue discovered by the workmen of Auguste Mariette, the French archaeologist, because it resembled their own village chief.

The statue depicts Ka-aper, the chief lector priest, in charge of reciting prayers for the deceased in temples and funerary chapels. It is one of the masterpieces of the private statuary of the Old Kingdom.

The arms were separately modeled and attached to the body, a technique frequently used in wooden statuary.

A wooden cane supported the left arm, made out of two pieces of wood joined together.

The eyes are inlaid; the rim is made out of copper and the white is of opaque quartz, while the cornea is made out of rock crystal.

Dimensions:  Height 112 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Sculpted
  Assembled

Style:

Old Kingdom

Materials:

Sycamore
Type Type

Type:

Statue
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Saqqara Necropolis
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

5th Dynasty

Acquired: 

1860 AD
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Topics:

Arts and Crafts
Sculpture
Crafts
Carpentry
Society and Culture
Religion and Spirituality
Religious Leaders
Sites & Museums Sites & Museums
Egyptian Museum
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Statue of Sheikh el-Balad's Wife
Statue of Sheikh el-Balad's Wife

Statue of Sheikh el-Balad
Statue of Sheikh el-Balad

Saqqara
Saqqara

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