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King Senwosret III

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
A masterpiece of Middle Kingdom royal sculpture, this statue of the Twelfth Dynasty king Senwosret III encapsulates one basic theme of this installation: the interaction between permanence and change. By the time an artist carved this piece, the seated pose had been part of Egyptian tradition for more than eight hundred years; most of the elements of the costume had been around even longer. However, the style of carving—note Senwosret’s expressive face—had been in vogue for less than a generation.
MEDIUM Granite
  • Possible Place Collected: Hierakonpolis, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1836–1818 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 12
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 21 7/16 x 7 1/2 x 13 11/16 in. (54.5 x 19 x 34.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, probably Medamud or Hierakonpolis, Egypt; before 1951, acquired by Moharreb Todrous of Luxor, Egypt; before 1951, inherited from Moharreb Todrous by his eldest daughter; 1951, purchased from eldest daughter by Jacques Matossian of Alexandria, Egypt; before 1952, acquired from Jacques Matossian by Marguerite Mallon; January 1952, purchased from Marguerite Mallon by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION King Senwosret III, ca. 1836–1818 B.C.E. Granite, 21 7/16 x 7 1/2 x 13 11/16 in. (54.5 x 19 x 34.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.1_front_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 52.1_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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