Egyptian Wood Foot
An ancient Egyptian carved wooden left foot from a Ka statue. A tenon remains for attachment to the heel, the toe nails are painted.
Middle Kingdom, 2055-1650 BC.
To the ancient Egyptians, the Ka represented the individual's 'double' or life-force. As opposed to the Ba which was somewhat more synonymous with our modern notion of spirit. The Ka required sustenance in the Afterlife and the deceased's Ka statue, usually in wood and under life-size was believed to assimilate the offerings of food and beverage left for the deceased.
Formerly in the D. Gross collection, New York, acquired in the 1980s or earlier.