High Priest of Amun, Men-kheper-re-seneb
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The name Menkheperre-seneb translates to “Thutmose III is healthy,” referring to the king whose cartouche is inscribed on the left shoulder of this figure’s cloak. Having grown up in the palace alongside Thutmose III undoubtedly helped Menkheperre-seneb advance to the rank of High Priest of Amun, one of the highest offices at the time. He wears a leopard-skin cloak, the typical garb of upper-level priests. The leopard’s head and paws hang over his kilt. The stars on the cloak evoke leopard spots.
28 3/8 × 10 7/16 × 12 15/16 in., 153 lb. (72 × 26.5 × 32.8 cm, 69.4kg) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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High Priest of Amun, Men-kheper-re-seneb, 1479-1425 B.C.E. Granite, 28 3/8 × 10 7/16 × 12 15/16 in., 153 lb. (72 × 26.5 × 32.8 cm, 69.4kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.613. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.613_PS6.jpg)
overall, 36.613_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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Fragmentary red granite standing statue of the High Priest of Amon, Menkheper-re-sonb, wearing panther skin and long skirt. Cartouche of Thutmosis III on left shoulder. Hands by sides, left leg advanced. Single column of inscription down front center of skirt. Large, uninscribed background (reverse slightly concave).
Condition: Poor. Head, feet and base missing. Arms and other areas extremely damaged.
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