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Striding Male Figure

Artist Culture
Dynasty 6, 2345–2181 BC
Old Kingdom, 2686–2160 BC
2278–2184 BC
Wood, ebony, plaster, and paint
Egypt, Africa
Current Location
On View, Gallery 313
height: 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Credit Line
Friends Fund
Public Domain
Object Number
Wooden statues from Egypt's Old Kingdom were often damaged by the natural conditions of rot and insects, as well as the wanton destruction wrought by tomb robbers. This fortunate survivor probably represents a nobleman or an official. Striding forward with assurance, he grasps the loose end of his kilt and pulls it aside in an elegant flourish that may represent a gesture of adoration or supplication. The delicate figure is remarkable for the subtle modeling of the body beneath the pleated skirt, the careful details in the carving of the fingernails, and the distinctive inlaid nipples of ebony. Wooden sculptures of the deceased, like this one, were placed in various parts of tombs and in varying numbers, depending on the traditions that were popular during different Old Kingdom dynasties.
- 1920s/1930s
Felix Feuardent (1819-1907), Paris, France; his family by inheritance [1]

1971 - 1986
Robin Symes Limited, London, England, purchased from unknown dealer

1986 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Robin Symes Limited [2]

The main source for this provenance is a telephone conversation between Saint Louis Art Museum curator Sidney Goldstein and dealer Robin Symes of Robin Symes Limited, that occurred in December 1985, just prior to the Museum's acquisition of this figure [notes, SLAM document files.] Exceptions and other supporting documents are noted.

[1] According to Symes, it was Feuardent's daughters who sold his collection.

[2] Invoice, January 16, 1986 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Aquisitions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, February 14, 1986.
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