High Priest of Amun, Men-kheper-re-seneb
Men-kheper-re-seneb wears the typical garb of certain upper-level priests: a leopard-skin cloak. Leopards did not inhabit Egypt during the pharaonic period, but their skins were acclaimed as luxury items, imported from the south as early as the Old Kingdom.
The stars adorning this cloak could represent the natural spots of a real leopard, or an imitation leopard skin in which bronze stars evoking leopard spots were applied to fabric. The choice of stars to decorate leopard skins further connects this animal with the panther goddess Mafdet, and the sun god Re.
- Medium: Granite
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: 1479-1425 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 28 3/8 x 10 7/16 x 12 15/16in. (72 x 26.5 x 32.8cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 36.613
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: High Priest of Amun, Men-kheper-re-seneb, 1479-1425 B.C.E. Granite, 28 3/8 x 10 7/16 x 12 15/16in. (72 x 26.5 x 32.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.613. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragmentary red granite standing statue of the High Priest of Amon, Menkheper-re-sonb, wearing panther skin and long skirt. Cartouche of Thutmosis III on left shoulder. Hands by sides, left leg advanced. Single column of inscription down front center of skirt. Large, uninscribed background (reverse slightly concave). Condition: Poor. Head, feet and base missing. Arms and other areas extremely damaged.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)