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Artist's Sketches of Senenmut

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes
Medium:
Limestone, ink
Dimensions:
h. 10 cm (3 15/16 in); w. 16.5 cm (6 11/16 in); th. 3 cm (1 3/16 in)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1931
Accession Number:
31.4.2
  • Description

    Ostraca are chips of limestone or fragments of pottery that were used as writing surfaces by ancient Egyptian scribes, or as sketch pads by artists. Despite the lack of any identifying text, the double profile on this ostracon can easily be identified as Senenmut, one of Hatshepsut's well known courtiers. The profiles are similar to the representation of Senenmut on another ostracon in the Museum's collection (36.3.252) and to a drawing on a wall in his tomb (see additional images). On the back of this ostracon is a sketch that depicts a small rodent.

  • Provenance

    Purchased in Luxor. Donated to the Museum, 1931.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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