Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Arm of life-size statue

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
Reign of Senwosret I
Date:
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, Mastaba of Senwosretankh, pit 8, MMA excavations, 1932–33
Medium:
Granite
Dimensions:
h. 70 cm (27 9/16 in); w. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
33.1.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 110
This powerfully modeled arm from a lifesize statue was found in the tomb of a high official. Because of its size, the arm probably did not belong to a statue depicting the tomb owner, but rather to a royal sculpture. It is likely a displaced piece from a statue of Senwosret I that originally stood in his pyramid complex nearby.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Arnold, Dieter, Dorothea Arnold, and Peter F. Dorman 1988. The South Cemeteries of Lisht, vol. I: The Pyramid of Senwosret I, Publications of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition, 22. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 48, note 160.

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