Seshat, whose name means "female scribe," was the goddess of writing and record keeping. The Egyptians believed she had responsibility for recording regnal years and maintaining the House of Life, an archive containing Egypt's sacred books. This fragment—found at the Pyramid Temple of Senwosret I—was copied from a relief carved at least three hundred years earlier for Pepy II, the last great ruler of the Old Kingdom.
- Medium: Limestone
- Place Excavated: Lisht, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1919-1875 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty, reign of Senwosret I
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 20 11/16 x 23 1/4 in. (52.5 x 59 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 52.129
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Goddess Seshat, ca. 1919-1875 B.C.E. Limestone, 20 11/16 x 23 1/4 in. (52.5 x 59 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.129. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Limestone relief. In sunk relief, at right, the goddess Seshat seated, recording on papyrus the royal booty. Name of goddess incised to her left. Upper edge of relief preserves portion of register of kneeling captives. At left, incomplete column of seated foreigners or captives. Condition: Incomplete. Lower left and upper right corner lost, Upper register badly cracked. Lower right area also cracked. Surface weathered. No remains of paint.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)