Relief of King Sobekhotep III
These reliefs of Sobekhotep III offering vessels to the goddesses Satis and Anukis (left and right, respectively) probably formed part of a naos, or shrine for a cult image. They represent a basic element of Egyptian temple decoration: the king, who theoretically conducts the cult’s rituals in every temple every day, offers to deities who in turn bless him and, through him, Egypt. Both goddesses extend to the king three “life” hieroglyphs (the ankh). The scenes, devoid of indications of time or setting, intend to convey a timeless and universal religious truth.
- Medium: Quartzite
- Dates: ca. 1744-1741 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XIII Dynasty
- Period: Second Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: overall measurements for 77.194a-c: 62 13/16 x 66 9/16 in. (159.5 x 169 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: 77.194a-c
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief of King Sobekhotep III, ca. 1744-1741 B.C.E. Quartzite, overall measurements for 77.194a-c: 62 13/16 x 66 9/16 in. (159.5 x 169 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 77.194a-c. Creative Commons-BY
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