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Statuette of Khufu (Cheops)

Artefact Details

Gallery number: 37 – Ground Floor

Period: Old Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 4, Reign of Khufu (ca. 2589 – 2566 BC)

Size: Height: 7,5 cm Lenght: 2,5

Place of discovery: Abydos (Upper Egypt) – Temple of Osiris at Kom el-Sultan

Material: Ivory

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This small statue found in 1903 by the British archeologist Sir William Flinders Petrie is the only known three-dimensional representation of King Khufu (called by the Greeks Cheops), the builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Khufu is represented seated on a throne wearing the crown of Lower Egypt  (damaged) and holding a flail in his right hand. On the right side of the throne is carved his name: Khufu is the abbreviated form of “Khnum-khuefui” (Khnum protects me).