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Statue of a Striding Man

Statue of a Striding Man

Place Made: Giza, Egypt

Date Made: Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty (2450-2290 B.C.)

Medium: Painted limestone

Dimensions: 31 inches

Limestone figure of a striding man standing on a rectangular base.  He stands with his hands clenched at his sides, wearing a short kilt pleated on one side and drawn up through the belt, narrow collar, and short layered coiffure. 

Presented to the President and Mrs. Kennedy by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in gratitude for their work to save the temples of Abu Simbel.   Mrs. Kennedy helped to organize international support to move the temples before they were forever lost by the flooding of the Nile during construction of the Aswan Dam. The three-foot Egyptian statue was presented to her by the government of Egypt at the opening of the King Tutankhamen exhibit in Washington, D.C., on November 3, 1961.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum