Statue of the Overseer of Stonemasons Senbebu and Family
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably originally from Southern Upper Egypt, Elephantine
H. 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.); W. 30 cm (11 13/16 in.); D. 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)
Dodge Fund, 1956
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 106
Senbebu, the central figure of this group, was an overseer of stonemasons, a title indicating that he supervised quarrying and/or stonecutting, professions also held by his father and son. Abetib on the left was likely Senbebu’s wife, while Peryt on the right was either another wife or perhaps a sister-in-law. During the Middle Kingdom, mid-level officials such as Senbebu were increasingly able to commission commemorative monuments of respectable quality.
Purchased from Michael Abemayor, 1956.
Oppenheim, Adela 2015. "Statue of the Overseer of Stonemasons Senbebu and Family." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 155–56, no. 89.