Setting the Standards

Ny-user-ra's statue demonstrates many features commonly found on Egyptian royal statues for over 500 years before him, and for another two thousand years after.

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The nemes (em>(NEH-meez) was a uniquely Egyptian headdress. Made of linen, it covered the forehead, tucked behind the ears and fell in two flaps onto the shoulders. The rest of the fabric bunched into a tail to hang down the back.
The mace in his right hand rests casually on his shoulder. It is a club-like weapon that, like a scepter, symbolized royal power.
His short pleated kilt was the fashion for Egyptian noblemen.
He stands confidently in the formal pose for men, the left foot ahead of the right as if in mid-stride.
His name was carved into the base in front of his right foot, but it is very difficult to see here. The symbols are encircled with a cartouche (kar-TOOSH), a loop of rope that surrounds royal names.