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Granodiorite block-statue of Sennefer: no personal details other than the face and hands were carved, and this concentrates attention on the serene face of Sennefer, superbly carved and polished. The quality of the carving of the body is in sharp contrast to the rather roughly scratched hieroglyphs that make up the text on the front and base. Sennefer wears a long wig, short beard and long garment, and is represented in a squatting position of a pedestal, with his arms crossed over his knees. The text is incised in fourteen horizontal lines on the front of the dress, in two vertical columns, one on each side of the upper surface of the pedestal, and in five horizontal lines on the front of the pedestal. Apart from slight damage at the base of the pedestal and minor abrasions, the text and figure are in a perfect state of preservation.
Height: 90 centimetres
Weight: 450 kilograms
Width: 38 centimetres
Depth: 54 centimetres
- Curator's comments
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' II (Oxford, 1972), p. 457;
R. Schulz, ‘Die Entwicklung und Bedeutung des kuboiden Statuentypus’ Vol. 1 ‘Hildesheimer Äyyptologische Beiträge’ 33, no. 210, pp. 365-366; Vol. 2 ‘Hildesheimer Äyyptologische Beiträge’ 34, pl. 94;
H. & N. Strudwick, 'Thebes in Egypt' (Ithaca & New York, 1999), p. 49;
W. Helck, 'Die Datierung des Schatzmeisters Sennefer' in ‘Göttinger Miszellen’ 43, pp. 39-41;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 134-5.
E. R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt, 122-124.
N. Strudwick, 'The early display of Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum', EDAL 1 (2009), 113-123.
N. Strudwick, in N. Strudwick, The tomb of Pharaoh's chancellor Senneferi at Thebes (TT99), Oxford 2016, 22-25
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
2011 Jul–Sept, Newcastle, Great North Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Oct–Jan, Dorchester, Dorset County Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Feb–June, Leeds City Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Jul-Oct, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Nov– Feb 2013, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2013 Mar–Aug, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2016 8 Mar-12 Jun, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Pharoah: King of Egypt
2018 7 Jun-16 Sep, Barcelona, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2018-2019 16 Oct-20 jan, Madrid, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2019 19 Feb-25 Aug, Girona, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2019-2020 24 Sept-12 Jan, Seville, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The statue is identifiable as no. 7 in the list of 'Antiquities collected at Thebes by H.S.' [i.e. Henry Salt], AES Ar. 235. Here its provenance is given as 'found behind Memnon's statue.'
Previously entered in error as coming from the 1835 Sotheby sale.
Birch slip also bears the mystifying marginal note 'Salt 1829'.
- Egypt and Sudan
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.48 (Birch Slip Number)