This limestone statue fragment is from the Old Kingdom period in Egypt, dating from 2475-2350 BC. This surviving piece evidences the high level of artisan skill during this period.

Measuring 45 cm in height, 21.2 cm in width, and 13.8 cm in depth, the stone still retains some of its original hue, despite its age, demonstrating both the durability of the limestone material and the effective preservation techniques employed.

This portion of the statue depicts the lower halves of two figures, thought to represent a married couple. The pair are presumed to be of noble or royal descent due to the style of clothing represented. The artwork features precise etching suggestive of pleated linen ceremonial clothing, wear characteristic of the Old Kingdom's upper-class citizens.

The lower half of the statue is missing, leaving room for speculation as to the full original appearance and grandeur. Ancestor veneration played a significant role in Egyptian culture, and the statue could potentially have fulfilled this dual decorative and religious function.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology