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Time, Workers, and Stones Used in Building Khufu's Pyramid

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serekh

a form of decoration found on the facades of royal palaces

Shen

oval shaped figure or sign, symbolic of all that the sun encircles throughout the daytime; also, sign of eternity

shendyt

pleated kilt worn by royalty

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Despite the discovery of a few other small fragments of the king's statues and statuettes, this ivory statuette is considered to be the only existing complete sculpture of King Khufu, the builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza. His facial features bear a serious, realistic expression.

The king is seated on a throne that is decorated on both sides with his name inscribed inside the Serekh, or rectangular frame. Without the surviving name on the right side, it would have been impossible to attribute the statuette to Khufu.

The king is depicted wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt and the Shendyt, a royal, short pleated kilt. He holds in his right hand the ceremonial flail, symbol of authority. The statuette was discovered in two pieces. First, the body was found and, then, three weeks later, the head was discovered.

Dimensions:  Height 6.5 cm  Width 2.5 cm

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Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Sculptured

Style:

Old Kingdom

Materials:

Ivory
Type Type

Type:

Statuette
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Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Abydos
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Created: 

4th Dynasty

Acquired: 

1903 AD
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