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Senenu Grinding Grain

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. or ca. 1322-1319 B.C.E. or ca. 1319-1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/16 x 3 1/8 x 7 9/16 in. (18 x 8 x 19.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.120E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.120E_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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