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Statuette of Sennefer

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
These three statues, from three different periods, were all carved from limestone. This kind of stone occurs in different grades from soft to hard. The harder the limestone, the more difficult to carve and the more skilled the sculptor must be. Soft limestone reveals less detail. Though nearly all ancient Egyptian statues were painted, the paint on the statuette hides the lower-grade stone used here.

All three statues would have been used in the tomb as a place for the ka-soul to reside and accept food offerings for the deceased from the living.
MEDIUM Limestone, painted
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1837 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early XII Dynasty-middle XII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 4 13/16 in. (16.5 x 7.9 x 12.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 11.658
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Statuette of Sennefer, ca. 1938-1837 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 6 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 4 13/16 in. (16.5 x 7.9 x 12.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.658. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE 3/4 front right, 11.658_threequarterright_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small limestone statuette of a seated man wearing long kilt, conventional wig, legs crossed in front, arms extended on thighs, palms down. Oblong base rounded at back. Inscriptions on kilt and base. Inscription very badly cut. Inscription on base very peculiar and is apparently meaningless. Face is of very late type. Kilt of Middle Kingdom type. Condition: Base chipped, broken at rear with small portions missing. Extensive areas of statue have peculiar brown stains, which do not appear to be the remains of paint; surface of piece worn. Poor workmanship.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (87%)
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