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    Block Statue of Senwosret-senebefny

    Block statues show their subjects (almost always male) seated on the ground with their knees drawn to their chest and their limbs and torso usually enveloped in a cloak. This surface provided much space for inscriptions, which identify this man as Senwosret-senebnefny and the small female figure as Itneferuseneb. Their relationship is not specified, but she was probably his wife. The inscription also invokes the funerary deity, Ptah-Soker. This statue is dated by its style to the reign of Senwosret III, or perhaps his successor, Amunemhat III. The features of these kings are reflected in the face of their subject.

    • Medium: Quartzite
    • Place Made: Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 1836-1759 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: late XII Dynasty
    • Period: Middle Kingdom
    • Dimensions: 26 7/8 x 16 5/16 x 18 1/8 in., 359 lb. (68.3 x 41.5 x 46 cm, 162.84kg)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 39.602
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Block Statue of Senwosret-senebefny, ca. 1836-1759 B.C.E. Quartzite, 26 7/8 x 16 5/16 x 18 1/8 in., 359 lb. (68.3 x 41.5 x 46 cm, 162.84kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.602. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: front, 39.602_front_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
    • Record Completeness: Best (84%)
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    Recent Comments
    03:46 09/25/2009
    exquisite piece
    the tools used to make this piece,was it the copper blade?
    By kenneth albert
    19:15 09/25/2009
    Hi Kenneth, Quartzite is a very hard stone, and copper is a soft metal. Even bronze, which the Egyptians did not yet have in the Middle Kingdom, would have been of limited use. So this statue must have been shaped almost entirely by pounding with stones and rubbing with sand. This technique seems impossibly laborious to us, and even modern archaeological experimenters seem not to have the patience. to really try it. One advantage the Egyptians had, though, was a multiplicity of workmen -- from apprentices who probably pounded out the basic shape, to the master who finished the face and other important details.
    By Ann Russmann, Curator, Egyptian, Classical and Ancient Middle Eastern Art

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