Kneeling Statue of Senenmut
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Senenmut, a powerful official of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, commissioned at least twenty-five statues of himself. This innovative statue type, which shows him holding a divine symbol, was offered to Montu, the god of Armant, in petition for Hatshepsut's well-being and his own eternal reward. The image, which depicts a cobra resting on a pair of upraised arms and crowned with a cow's horns and a sun disk, is identified in the inscription as Renenutet, a goddess of harvest and nourishment. However, it can also be read as a cryptogram for Maatkara, Hatshepsut's throne name—a visual pun made possible by the close relationship between Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and art.
ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
18 9/16 x 6 7/8 x 9 7/16 in. (47.2 x 17.4 x 23.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Kneeling Statue of Senenmut, ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E. Granite, 18 9/16 x 6 7/8 x 9 7/16 in. (47.2 x 17.4 x 23.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 67.68. Creative Commons-BY
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Kneeling statue in dark grey granite representing Senenmut proferring symbol composed of the "ka" hieroglyph surmounted by a cobra with cow horns and sun disk, the whole forming a rebus of the name Makara, that of Hatshepsut. Senenmut wears a wide striated wig covering his shoulders, a short beard, and a kilt from the waist to just above the ankles. One line of text round base, one line on top of base left side, front, right side; three columns of text on back-pillar which ends on triangular top inclined toward back of Senemut's head. One column on left side of back pillar and one column on right side; cartouche of Makara on right upper arm.
Condition: Figure perfect, but inscription shows erasures and slight damage in several places. Base chipped.
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