August 30, 2013

Sheikh El Balad (Dynasty V) Pictures

Sheikh El Balad (Dynasty V)
This is the most famous wooden statue belonging to the Old Kingdom. It is the statue of the noble Kaaper who was also known as the great priest. You can see the dignity reflected on his features. The eyes are made of quartz embedded in copper lids. It is made of a single block of sycamore wood, apart from the arms. When it was found in 1860 near Sakkarah, it reminded the workers who discovered it of their « Chief of the Village » or a Sheikh El Balad », the mayor’s assistant, hence its name.

Sheikh El Balad

Sheikh El Balad

Sheikh El Balad


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