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Block Statue of Senwosret-senebefny

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
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