Statue of a noble Udja-djer with his wife. Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, ca. 2500–2300 B. C.

Limestone
H. 64 cm; w. 16 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev,provenance: Saqqara,
I.1.a 5745
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This sculpture group from the tomb of Udja-jehr in an example of one of the most popular sculpture types
not only of the Old Kingdom, but of the Ancient Egyptian art in general. The statue depicts the nobleman
together with his wife. Ancient Egyptians believed that proper afterlife was impossible without close
family members. That is why spouses were frequently portrayed together, often with children.
Wives were depicted not only in sculptures, but also in reliefs and paintings in the tombs. However, in
every image they only played a secondary role.

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