This statue of the nobleman Ra–wer stood inside his tomb complex and once belonged to a group of figures; his daughter's hand is still on his right leg, and his mother's hand is on his torso's right side. Energetic and powerful, Ra-wer strides forth bolt-upright, chest out, shoulders back. His appearance reflects the sculpture's essentially religious function. Priests and relatives would leave food directly before it—thus its extreme frontal position. The ka—his vital life force—would temporarily enter the statue and absorb the essence of the nourishment: now his spirit could exist in the afterlife. The statue's vigorous appearance matches the nature of his ka.

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  • Title: Ra-wer
  • Date Created: ca. 2503 B.C.E. - ca. 2455 B.C.E.
  • Physical Dimensions: 70 x 25 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches
  • Culture: Egyptian
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust
  • Medium: Limestone

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Ra-wer (Supplemental)

Ra-wer (Supplemental)