Senenu Grinding Grain
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The royal scribe Senenu appears here bent over a large grinding stone.
This unusual sculpture seems to be an elaborate version of a shabti, a
funerary figurine placed in the tomb to work in place of the deceased in
the hereafter. The hieroglyphic text included Senenu's claim to a blessed
afterlife by virtue of his proper behavior toward the king and gods.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. or ca. 1322-1319 B.C.E. or ca. 1319-1292 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
7 1/16 x 3 1/8 x 7 9/16 in. (18 x 8 x 19.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Statue (limestone) of the King’s scribe Sennu. Sennu is represented, wearing a long kilt with fringed top, leaning over a huge grinder and grinding grain. The texts are inscribed on grinder and base.
Condition: Large chips in left edge of base, left buttock and left leg of figure. Large chip in rear of base; numerous small chips and scratches. Blue substance in some signs on right side.
Senenu Grinding Grain, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. or ca. 1322-1319 B.C.E. or ca. 1319-1292 B.C.E. Limestone, 7 1/16 x 3 1/8 x 7 9/16 in. (18 x 8 x 19.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.120E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.120E_NegH1_print_bw.jpg)
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What is the term that describes the kind of pictorial writing found on these statues?
In general, the writing on the pieces you'll see in the galleries can all be referred to as Egyptian hieroglyphs or simply hieroglyphs, the writing system used in ancient Egypt.