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Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Sunk or bas relief, the technique used for this limestone carving is most often employed for sculpture decorating the exterior of monuments; thus, this fragment is probably from the facade of Metjetji's mastaba tomb. The Arabic word “mastaba”, meaning bench, refers to the massive rectangular structures found above many tombs in Egypt. This fragment is probably from the left side of the facade because he is looking toward the right.
The treatment is delicate, and the details of the kilt and hair are elegant and precise. Such facial features as the corners of the lips are detailed. The tomb owner is depicted in large scale in the attitude of walking, his left leg forward. On his head, concealing his ears, is a long wig with fine locks, and he wears s short beard.
He holds two emblems signifying his importance, a staff and a sceptre adorned with a papyrus umbel. His costume is particularly refined: kilt with fully pleated apron, bracelets, and a broad collar with many rows. The shapes of the relief, firmly outlined, are set deep in the stone and painted in colours of red, yellow, and black. A child is walking ahead, holding tightly to Metjetji's staff. He is represented on a smaller scale, to signify his lesser importance. And inscription explains he is Metjetji's "son whom he loves, Sabu-ptah.