The "statue-cube" appeared in Egypt as early as the Middle Kingdom (around 2000-1800 BC). It is intended to be placed in sanctuaries and not in tombs. It represents its patron in the form of a sanctified being. Their massive form, in addition to their aesthetic interest, makes them particularly resistant to the insults of time. Original: black granite About 1555-1080 BC / Egypt Preserved at the British Museum, London Exclusive sale at the bookshop-boutique of the Louvre museum, by appointment only.