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Relief of King Sobekhotep III

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This relief depicts Sobekhotep III offering vessels to the goddesses Satis and Anukis (left and right, respectively). This was a common motif of temple decoration. The king, who theoretically conducts the cult’s rituals in every temple every day, offers to deities who in turn bless him and, through him, Egypt. Both goddesses extend to the king three “life” hieroglyphs (the ankh). This relief probably formed part of a naos, or shrine for a cult image. The scenes, devoid of indications of time or setting, intend to convey a timeless and universal religious truth.
MEDIUM Quartzite
DATES ca. 1744-1741 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XIII Dynasty
PERIOD Second Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 60 1/2 x 39 x 2 1/2 in., 370 lb. (153.7 x 99.1 x 6.4 cm, 167.83kg)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 77.194a-c
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Relief of King Sobekhotep III, ca. 1744-1741 B.C.E. Quartzite, 60 1/2 x 39 x 2 1/2 in., 370 lb. (153.7 x 99.1 x 6.4 cm, 167.83kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 77.194a-c. Creative Commons-BY
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