2. Tomb Figure of Iby-ref

Wooden statue of Iby-ref, a district councilor in Ancient Egypt

Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Level 3

Turn back towards the portrait busts again, but keep walking straight ahead into the Ancient Egypt gallery. Walk around a model of the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. Iby-ref is on display underneath an arch.

Iby-ref was a district councilor in Ancient Egypt. This rare wooden statue was carved as his double to secure his survival in the afterlife. It is inscribed with a prayer to ensure that he received sustenance like bread, beer, and linen in the next world.

Cool Fact

There are many mysteries surrounding Iby-ref. To date this is the only statue of him in the world, preserved from his tomb; the tomb, however, is yet to be found…

About the Gallery

The ROM's Egyptian collection is comprised of approximately 25,000 artifacts dating from 4,000 BC to AD 400. Close to 2,000 of these are on display in this gallery.

More Gallery Highlights

  • The coffin of Djed-maat-es-ankh
  • Ibis mummy
  • Bust of Cleopatra

2. Tomb Figure of Iby-ref

Wooden statue of Iby-ref, a district councilor in Ancient Egypt

Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Level 3

Turn back towards the portrait busts again, but keep walking straight ahead into the Ancient Egypt gallery. Walk around a model of the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. Iby-ref is on display underneath an arch.

Iby-ref was a district councilor in Ancient Egypt. This rare wooden statue was carved as his double to secure his survival in the afterlife. It is inscribed with a prayer to ensure that he received sustenance like bread, beer, and linen in the next world.

Cool Fact

There are many mysteries surrounding Iby-ref. To date this is the only statue of him in the world, preserved from his tomb; the tomb, however, is yet to be found…

About the Gallery

The ROM's Egyptian collection is comprised of approximately 25,000 artifacts dating from 4,000 BC to AD 400. Close to 2,000 of these are on display in this gallery.

More Gallery Highlights

  • The coffin of Djed-maat-es-ankh
  • Ibis mummy
  • Bust of Cleopatra

2. Tomb Figure of Iby-ref

Wooden statue of Iby-ref, a district councilor in Ancient Egypt

Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Level 3

Turn back towards the portrait busts again, but keep walking straight ahead into the Ancient Egypt gallery. Walk around a model of the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. Iby-ref is on display underneath an arch.

Iby-ref was a district councilor in Ancient Egypt. This rare wooden statue was carved as his double to secure his survival in the afterlife. It is inscribed with a prayer to ensure that he received sustenance like bread, beer, and linen in the next world.

Cool Fact

There are many mysteries surrounding Iby-ref. To date this is the only statue of him in the world, preserved from his tomb; the tomb, however, is yet to be found…

About the Gallery

The ROM's Egyptian collection is comprised of approximately 25,000 artifacts dating from 4,000 BC to AD 400. Close to 2,000 of these are on display in this gallery.

More Gallery Highlights

  • The coffin of Djed-maat-es-ankh
  • Ibis mummy
  • Bust of Cleopatra