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Name THE DWARF SENEB AND HIS FAMILY
Category Sculpture
Date Old Kingdom , 4th Dynasty
Material Painted Limestone
Floor ground
Room 32
JE 51280
Description

The ancient Egyptians knew two types of dwarfs: Those with pathological deformities were entertainers for their masters, trained to be goldsmiths or were entrusted with the royal wardrobe and care of animals. The other type were the African pygmies who were usually employed in temples as " dancers before the gods ". The whole composition was successfully executed to show the happy family together. Two of the children substitute the legs of their father. They are executed in accordance with the established iconography for infants: hair hanging on one side, nude bodies, with a finger pointing to the mouth.

 

 

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