Non Royal Statues Surrounding the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Non royal family of ancient Egypt, Credit to The Met.

I thought that statues represented to rulers, their families and important people close to them in ancient era. My thought is wrong when I read several literatures.

The non royal statues, namely “Memi and Sabu” were found in the non royal cemeteries surrounding the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) at Giza. 

The statues came from dynasty IV or dynasty 4 lasted from around 2613 to 2494 BC. A dynasty characterized as a "golden age" of the Old Kingdom. 

It was a time of peace and prosperity, as reported by The Met (2000-2016b) that in respect to culture, this era was flowering with non royal statuary. 

In term of statue medium; Memi and Sabu is made of limestone and paint, Alkhalifa (2014) suggested that limestone is a common resource. 

In addition to small size of statue, hence, makes it safe to assume that the sculpture was not intended for an extremely wealthy individual.

Social status of Statues was distinguished by medium of stones and clothes they wear. However, they depicted as a simple human being. Memi is a husband that gives warm embrace to his wife, Sabu.

In contrast, statues of rulers, heroes or very important people were made of diorite, a rock composed principally of the silicate minerals, and depicted with their hands folded in a traditional gesture of greeting and prayer.

Do you know about statues and their social status?

References
Alkhalifa, M. 2014. Visual Analysis of a work of art or design in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved from http://portfolio.newschool.edu  /alkhalifa94 /2014 /07/25/visual-analysis-of-a-work-of-art-or-design-in-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/
The Met. 2000-2016b. The Royal Acquaintances Memi and Sabu. Retrieved from http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/48.111/

36 comments:

  1. This is new to me, I've never heard of this until now, and I'm very glad to read your explanation about it. Thanks for sharing this interesting information.

    Wishing you all the best!

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  2. Interesting. My curiosity is piqued: who made it? for whom? What, if anything, was the symbolic meaning?

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    1. the same men who make royal family statues....to appreciate their service to royal families or they have a good life under the rulers....

      The symbolic of ordinary people statues is equality, peace and prosperous during time of a particular emperor: dynasty 4 of old king dom...

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  3. The women were short at those times also. :)

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      In addition to small size of statue, hence, makes it safe to assume that the sculpture was not intended for an extremely wealthy individual.

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  4. Bonjour,

    Une publication très intéressante... Merci pour les informations.

    Gros bisous 🌸

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      Social status of Statues was distinguished by medium of stones and clothes they wear. However, they depicted as a simple human being. Memi is a husband that gives warm embrace to his wife, Sabu.

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  5. Patung non-kerajan, "Memi dan Sabu", nama yang unik dan mengingatkan saya pada Pulau Sabu, bagian dari Provinsi NTT itu hehehe.

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  6. Interesting information. Thanks for sharing,good post

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  7. The ancient Egyptians were so fascinating!

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  8. Ancient Egypt is such a fascinating subject, love to read about it ☺

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  9. when it comes to statues: it's true I knew them
    greetings
    Lili

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  10. Very interesting post. I'd love to visit Egypt.

    Kisses

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  11. I was in Egypt for one time, but didn't visited the statues.
    Have a sunny day.

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  13. Thanks for all the information! So interesting. Have a great week!

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  14. I love the Egyptian times. So much still to be learnt. Thanks for such an interesting read.

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      The statues came from dynasty IV or dynasty 4 lasted from around 2613 to 2494 BC. A dynasty characterized as a "golden age" of the Old Kingdom.

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