Relief from the tomb of Khiiu. Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, ca. 2300–2200 B. C.

Limestone, painted
H. 49 cm; w. 54 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev,provenance: Saqqara
I.1.a 5568
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This relief from the tomb of Khiiu is a typical example of metropolitan art dated back to the second half
of the Old Kingdom. It is an upper part of a scene showing the owner of the tomb standing with a staff.
The relief of Khiiu is a rare exhibit in the collection of the State Museum of Fine Arts that has the remains
of paint on it. Ancient Egyptian masters used to paint all images and even inscriptions in tombs brightly
to make them look more alive.

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