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Statue of Senenmut Holding a Sistrum

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
Possibly from Upper Egypt, Thebes; From Egypt
Medium:
Porphyritic diorite
Dimensions:
H. 22 5 cm (8 7/8 in.); W. 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.); D. 12.3 cm (4 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
48.149.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
In this small statue, Senenmut is shown holding a large sistrum, a kind of rattle used in religious ceremonies. The sistrum was particularly associated with the goddess Hathor, whose emblem (a woman with cow's ears) decorates the front.
Recorded by the French Expedition to Egypt (1799-1801) in the Description de l'Egypte (1821-30), where the text says the statuette belonged to Simon de Suzy of the French army who died in 1799. Formerly collection of George D. Pratt; bequeathed to the Museum by Mr. Pratt, 1935 with a life interest to Mrs. Pratt. Loaned to the Museum by Mrs. Pratt, 1940 and life interest released, 1948.

Priest, Alan 1940. "Loans from the Collection of George D. Pratt." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 35, no.1 (December), pp. 239–240.

Dorman, Peter F. 1987. Ägyptens Aufstieg zur Weltmach, edited by Arne Eggebrecht. Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Phillipp von Zabern, no. 71, pp. 158–9.

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