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    Princess Sobeknakht Suckling a Prince

    Beginning in the Middle Kingdom, craftsmen demonstrated great skill in designing and manufacturing metal statuary. This copper statuette, representing a woman suckling a male child, is considered among the finest of these sculptures. The inscription on the base identifies the subject as the "hereditary noblewoman" Sobeknakht; her fillet and uraeus-cobra show that she is a princess. The figure may have been commissioned to celebrate the birth of a prince, to signal a reigning king's devotion to his mother, or to reflect Sobeknakht's wish for divine help in conceiving a child who would become Egypt's king.

    • Medium: Copper alloy
    • Place Made: Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 1700-after 1630 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: XIII Dynasty
    • Period: Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period
    • Dimensions: 4 x 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 7 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 43.137
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Princess Sobeknakht Suckling a Prince, ca. 1700-after 1630 B.C.E. Copper alloy, 4 x 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 7 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 43.137. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 43.137_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Copper figurine of seated woman suckling child. The woman clad in a short garment sits on the ground with the left knee raised and the right leg folded under her with foot protruding from in back of the left ankle. She holds a nude child to the right breast. The base consists of a thin, bronze placque, on the front of which is scratched an inscription, which seems to read: AbC. T’t s’bk-nht m 3 ‘t-h2w “the Princess Sebek-nakht, the justified.” Condition: Tip of nose slightly rubbed.
    • Record Completeness: Best (92%)
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