Block from the tomb of an Overseer of the treasury Izi. Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 4 – early Dynasty 5, ca. 2500 B. C.

Limestone
H. 125 cm; w. 53 cm
Provenance: necropolis in Memphis
I.1.а 5552
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Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts features eight reliefs from the tomb of a high-rank official of the Old
Kingdom, the master of the "house of silver" (i.e. royal treasurer) Isi. In two reliefs Isi is depicted
standing with a staff in his hand. According to the ancient Egyptian artistic tradition, his head, body, and
legs are side-drawn, and shoulder and an eye are depicted en face. The face of Isi is not an actual portrait,
but a generalized ideal image of a middle-aged Egyptian man.
Isi is depicted with his children – son Ni-kau-hor and daughter Hetep-nebu. They are shorter than their
father, but this is not an indication of their age – the image of the man buried in the tomb is deliberately
emphasized. An inscription over the image of Isi says: "Master of the house of silver Isi", the one near the
picture of his son means "Ni-kau-hor", and near his daughter – "Hetep-nebu".

  • Limestone
    H. 125 cm; w. 53 cm
  • At the PMFA since 1911
    Provenance: necropolis in Memphis
  • I.1.а 5552
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