For related examples see nos. 188-191 in Arnold, et al., Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids. Very close to the present example is one in the Louvre, no. 51, p. 183 in Ziegler, Les statues égyptiennes de l'ancien empire. They commonly display similar taste in bodily proportions, with attention to the softly-toned musculature, and lengthened torso and legs, a canon "adopted in the Sixth Dynasty to depict the ideal of male beauty" (Ziegler, p. 461, Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids). The piece in Paris, although slightly smaller in scale, portrays a male figure almost identically, with short kilt, the right arm at his side, the left arm raised once holding a staff, and a short wig.
The quite dense, hard wood employed for this figure, perhaps ebony or yew, was an expensive and highly desired material reserved most often for royal workshops. The scale and quality of the carving also indicate a royal association.