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POTTER

Egypt: Giza (?)
Old Kingdom
Dynasty 5-6, ca. 2544-2260 B.C.
Limestone, painted
13.5 cm H, 12.0 cm W
Purchased in Cairo, 1920
OIM 10628

Ny-kau-Inpu, a cemetery official who was probably buried in a mastaba in the Old Kingdom cemetery at Giza, included in his tomb a series of statuettes of his family and household servants. By so doing, he hoped to take with him into the afterlife those things that were important to him during his lifetime. This tiny figure of a potter forming a vessel upon a potter's wheel was one of those statuettes, which as a group seem to represent the staff of a typical properous estate owner in Old Kingdom Egypt.


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