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Tomb Wall Fragment Depicting Abdu and Reputka with Offering Bearers

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6 (about 2345–2181 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian; Tomb of Abdu, Giza, Egypt

About this artwork

Leaning on a tall staff that marks his high social status, Abdu stands beside his wife, Reputka. Such portraits, showing the deceased with idealized rather than individualized faces and bodies, were commonly used in the tomb chapels of upper-class Egyptians. The artisans who decorated these chambers worked from a canon of scenes and poses depicting daily life, family, and religious imagery. Fashions changed over time, but some scenes—such as the image of a wife embracing her husband with one arm, used here and in the fragmentary statue at right—were standard for thousands of years. Names and titles written in hieroglyphs around Abdu’s and Reputka’s heads personalize the images of the eternally youthful couple.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Tomb Wall Fragment Depicting Abdu and Reputka with Offering Bearers

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

2345 BCE–2181 BCE

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

120.7 × 50.2 × 7.6 cm (47 1/2 × 19 3/4 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.266

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