Ankhwah is remembered by the survival of a statue in which he is shown seated and grasping his adze, a tool of considerable utility in his profession. This is one of the oldest statues in the round of a non-royal personage; it is the more remarkable in being carved in an exceptionally hard stone, a tribute to the skill of Egyptian sculptors even at so early a date.
Not all shipbuilders were thus commemorated in this way; one, admittedly from a much earlier time than Ankhwah, was given the honor of being buried amongst other sacrificed retainers around the tomb of Queen Merneith at Saqqara.
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