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High Priest of Amun, Men-kheper-re-seneb

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Men-kheper-re-seneb wears the typical garb of certain upper-level priests: a leopard-skin cloak. Leopards did not inhabit Egypt during the pharaonic period, but their skins were acclaimed as luxury items, imported from the south as early as the Old Kingdom.

The stars adorning this cloak could represent the natural spots of a real leopard, or an imitation leopard skin in which bronze stars evoking leopard spots were applied to fabric. The choice of stars to decorate leopard skins further connects this animal with the panther goddess Mafdet, and the sun god Re.
MEDIUM Granite
DATES 1479-1425 B.C.E.
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 28 3/8 x 10 7/16 x 12 15/16in. (72 x 26.5 x 32.8cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION High Priest of Amun, Men-kheper-re-seneb, 1479-1425 B.C.E. Granite, 28 3/8 x 10 7/16 x 12 15/16in. (72 x 26.5 x 32.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.613. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 36.613_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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High Priest of Amun, Men-kheper-re-seneb