Cult Statuette of Pepy I with Horus Falcon
Egyptian alabaster, 10 7/16 x 6 3/16 in. (26.5 x 15.7 cm) Other (Throne): 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2292-2252 B.C.E.
Probably from Upper Egypt, likely fron a temple's innermost room
Brooklyn #39.120 , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
"Despite early problems, the reign of Pepi I appears to have been one of the most prosperous of the entire Old Kingdom." "Pepi I built at Bubastis, Saqqara, Abydos, Dendera, and Elephantine, i.e., the entire length of Egypt."(_The Encyclopedia of the Egyptian Pharaohs_, by Darrell D. Baker, page 293)|
From the info cards
"Although Pepy I was a king of Dynasty 6, this statue was carved in the style of Dynasty 4. other figures of Pepy I that were not created as cult images show a more innovative mode. The choice of a traditional style reflects the conservative tendencies that influenced the carving of cult images."
In Reading Egyptian Art, Richard Wilkinson has an illustration of this piece, showing its back revealing the serekh hieroglyph: