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Statuette of the Child Amenemhab

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Ahmose I–Thutmose II
Date:
ca. 1550–1479 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Tomb CC 37, chamber C, Burial 24, inside coffin, Carter/Carnarvon 1911
Medium:
Bronze, separate silver lotus, wood base with pigmented inlays
Dimensions:
h. 13 cm (5 1/8 in); w. 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in); d. 9 cm (3 9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1413a, b
  • Description

    Amenemhab is identified by his nudity as a very young boy. His closely cropped head is also an attribute of childhood, while the closed lotus bud he holds against his chest may allude to a hope of resurrection. The figure is remarkable for the sensitive rendering of the youthful body and childish face.
    The statuette was found inside the coffin of a woman named Ahhotep Tanodjmu (Ahhotep the sweet) together with a wooden statuette of a youth named Huwebenef (26.7.1414a, b). Both statuettes were dedicated by the boys' father, Djehuty. It is logical to assume that Ahhotep was the mother of the two youngsters.
    A fine scarab (26.7.575) was also found in the coffin.

  • Provenance

    Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1911. Acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection, 1911–1926. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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