Neferefre on a Throne

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The restored statue of Neferefre.

The restored statue of Neferefre.
Source: Verner, Abusir, p. 129.

Three fragments of a lovely statuette of Neferefre were found in his mortuary temple at Abusir by the Czech expedition of 1984/85. The largest fragment is of the torso and head with only part of the left arm and a sceptre missing. The second fragment is a portion of the statue's upper legs, confirming that this was a statue representing the king seated on his throne. The third and smallest fragment is part of the king’s right foot.

The king is represented wearing a short wig, but the uraeus, most likely crafted in a different material, is missing. His face is round, with fairly narrow eyes and full lips. The falcon-god Horus spreads his wings in a protective gesture behind the king’s head.

In his right hand, he holds a sceptre, part of which is missing. The right arm is broken off slightly above the elbow. Similar but better preserved statues of other kings, such as Khefren or Mykerinos, show that had the statuette’s left arm been preserved, the kings left hand would have rested on his knees, either stretched with the palm down, or clutched in a fist grasping a cloth.

Only part of the legs has been preserved, with the left leg being more damaged than the right.  The throne on which the king was seated is missing completely, as are the lower legs and the left foot. Of the right foot, only the toes are preserved, as well as part of the statue's base where the king's prenomen has been inscribed.


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