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The sculpture comes from the excavations conducted by Hermann Junker in 1913 in the eastern sector of the Great Western Necropolis, west of the Pyramid of Cheops.
The sculpture depicts the figures according to a specific canon: the man in a walking posture and the woman standing with feet held together. 

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The sculpture comes from the excavations conducted by Hermann Junker in 1913 in the eastern sector of the Great Western Necropolis, west of the Pyramid of Cheops.
The sculpture depicts the figures according to a specific canon: the man in a walking posture and the woman standing with feet held together. The man is dressed in a short loincloth. The short wig on his head covering his ears is arranged in a sequence of regular horizontal curls. In his clenched hands, lowered alongside his torso, he holds some unspecified items, which could be identified either as an attribute of the position held by him or a papyrus scroll. The woman embraces the man’s waist with her right arm and touches his forearm with the left one. Her head is adorned with a long wig parted in the middle and arranged in long strands. The figures are propped on a pilaster, which used to be connected to a rectangular base. The base and the aft part of the statue were filled in with lime in modern times.
The sculpture portrays a deceased man and a woman, who may be his wife, sister or mother. The slight height difference between the figures shows the high status of the portrayed woman.


Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved

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