Statuette of Wah

Period: Middle Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 12

Reign: reign of Amenemhat I, early

Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), beside feet of mummy, MMA excavations, 1920

Medium: Cedar, plaster, paint, linen

Dimensions: h. 32.2 cm (12 11/16 in); w. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in); l. 17 cm (6 11/16 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920

Accession Number: 20.3.210


This statuette, intended to serve as a home for Wah's spirit, depicts a young man in the prime of life. Full of vigor, the little figure has the imposing presence of a much larger statue. The linen wrap may imitate the type of long skirt worn by Middle Kingdom officials. Beneath this, the figure wears the more typical short kilt, carved into the wood and painted white.