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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

These three statues, from three different periods, were all carved from limestone. This kind of stone occurs in different grades from soft to hard. The harder the limestone, the more difficult to carve and the more skilled the sculptor must be. Soft limestone reveals less detail. Though nearly all ancient Egyptian statues were painted, the paint on the statuette hides the lower-grade stone used here.

All three statues would have been used in the tomb as a place for the ka-soul to reside and accept food offerings for the deceased from the living.
MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
DATES ca. 1938–1837 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 12
PERIOD Middle Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 × 3 1/4 × 4 3/4 in. (16.5 × 8.3 × 12.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small limestone statuette of a seated man wearing long kilt, conventional wig, legs crossed in front, arms extended on thighs, palms down. Oblong base rounded at back. Inscriptions on kilt and base. Inscription very badly cut. Condition: Base chipped, broken at rear with small portions missing. Brown stains, which do not appear to be the remains of paint; surface of piece worn.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Sennefer, ca. 1938–1837 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 6 1/2 × 3 1/4 × 4 3/4 in. (16.5 × 8.3 × 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.658. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.11.658_erg2_2015_2.jpg)
IMAGE installation, CUR.11.658_erg2_2015_2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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