Servant statue of Niankhpepikem

By Jacqueline Engel

Niankhpepikem was overseer of Upper Egypt, chancellor of the king of Lower Egypt, overseer of prophets.

Here he is shown carrying a backpack, the earliest representation of this type of bag.

In his tomb at Meir, in a hole in the burial chamber, were hidden the largest number of servant figures so far found in an Old Kingdom tomb.

6th Dynasty (King Pepi I Meryre),

about 2289-2255 BC,

Meir, wood, pigment, JE 30810

Egyptian Museum Caïro

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