Height: 65.500 cm
Ankhwa the ship-builder
Possibly from: Saqqara, Egypt
Date: 3rd Dynasty, around 2600 BC
This statue was carved by an Egyptian sculptor to go in the tomb of a ship-builder called Ankhwa. It is made in the style of a royal statue. Ankhwa is holding a carpenter's adze (a kind of axe) over his shoulder to show his trade. Ankhwa's name and titles are carved on his kilt in hieroglyphs.
The statue is made of a hard stone called granite. Granite was only mined in Egypt for the king, so Ankhwa was no ordinary craftsman, and was probably close to the royal family.