King Khafre Seated is an ancient Egyptian statue made of diorite, depicting the Fourth Dynasty pharaoh Khafre sitting on a throne with lion paws. At slightly larger-than-life size, the statue showcases the king’s power and authority, highlighted by the Horus falcon on his nemes headdress, representing his duty to unite and rule over Egypt. The sema-tawy symbol on the throne symbolizes this unification further.
Khafre’s famous pyramid, one of the Great Pyramids of Gizeh, and the Sphinx, which resembles his likeness, are among his most notable achievements. This statue is a prime example of Egyptian art, which extends beyond the monumental structures the ancient Egyptians are famous for.
In contrast to idealized statues of pharaohs, the Seated Scribe is an example of a different style of Egyptian art. Egyptian art is characterized by its symbolism and depiction of gods, rulers, and daily life.