Kushite Statue

Old Kingdom, Sixth Dynasty, 2300 B.C.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art 62.200

This statue was excavated at Elkab, south of Luxor and belongs to a certain "royal acquaintance and high priest Nefershemem." Both the inscriptions and the archaeological context date it to the late old kingdom. The proportions of the limbs and highly schematic modeling of arm and leg musculature, along with the inclined face and small forehead, resemble features from the Kushite Period.

Photo and text from Sudan Ancient Kingdoms of the Nile, Dietrich Wildung, p. 47