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Painted limestone statue of Niankhre [II], sitting on the ground in asymmetrical position, legs bent, knees raised up; left hand on knee, right on shendyt; wearing short plaited wig; inscription on the plinth.


  • ID
  • Department
    Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Classification
  • Findspot
    Lepsius 55, serdab
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    64.0 x 36.5 x 37.5 cm
  • Credit Line
    Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Journal d'Entree number
  • Cairo Special Register number
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
  • Excavator
    Hermann Junker, German, 1877–1962
  • Owner
    Niankhre [II] (Lepsius 55)
  • Notes
    From excavations of Hermann Junker, 1928-1929.
  • Remarks
    RELATED CONSTITUENT(S): Vienna Academy of Science; ALTERNATE NUMBER(S): EMC_JE_53150; EMC_SR_2.14961

Tombs and Monuments 1

Full Bibliography

  • PM 3, p. 223: JUNKER, Gîza, xi, Taf. x, ix [b] (in situ), Abb. 48 (base), pp. 87-91; JUNKER, in Anzeiger, Wien, 66 (1929), Taf. ix, x, pp. 134-7; I.L.N. April 6, 1929, fig. 3, p. 584; ENGELBACH, in Ann. Serv. xxxviii (1938), pl. xxxvii [I], p. 285; SCHARFF, in J .E.A. xxvi (1940), pl. ix [3], p. 49; CAPART, L ’Art ég. ii, pl. 248; ALDRED, O.K. Art, pl. 49; DRIOTON and SVED, Art ég. fig. 25; SHOUKRY, Privatgrabstatue, Abb. 15; RIAD, La Médecine au temps des Pharaons, fig. 22; WOLF, Kunst, Abb. 148; HORNEMANN Types, ii, pl. 507; JONCKHEERE, Les Médecins de l’Égypte pharaonique, fig. 13; FECHT, Vom Wandel des Menschenbildes in der ägyptischen Rundplastik, Taf. 7; LANGE and HIRMER, Ägypten. Architektur (1967), pl. 78; Great Museums, pl. 27; ANGIOLETTI and BIGONGIARI, Testimone in Egitto (1969), Tav. 8; DONADONI, Egyptian Museum Cairo, pl. on p. 51 [upper], cf. p. 50; see Descr. somm. No. 6138. Lehmann, Katja. Der Serdab in den Privatgräbern des Alten Reiches 1-3. Ph.D. Dissertation, Universität Heidelberg, 2000, Kat. G286; Scharff, Alexander. "On the Statuary of the Old Kingdom." Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 26 (1941), p. 49, pl. IX.3.

People 2

Ancient People

  • Niankhre [II] (Lepsius 55)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Owner of Lepsius 55. False door inscribed for Niankhre, identified as [Hm-kA HkA Hm-kA Hr jmj Snwt Hm-kA jnpw xntj spA] priest of Heka, priest of Horus-who-is-in-Shenwet, priest of Anubis-foremost-of-Sepa; found in situ in Lepsius 55 (now destroyed). Statue (Cairo JE 53150) inscribed for Niankhre, identified as [sHD swnw pr-aA] inspector of physicians of the Great House; found in fragments in Lepsius 55 serdab.

Modern People

  • Hermann Junker

    • Type Excavator
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1877–1962
    • Remarks Egyptologist, Director of German-Austrian expedition to Giza, 1911–1929. Published 12 volumes of final excavation reports from Giza expedition. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.