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Statue of the Nurse Sitsnefru

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Date:
ca. 1900 B.C.
Geography:
From Turkey, Anatolia, Adana
Medium:
Gabbro or diabase, paint
Dimensions:
H. 38.6 cm (15 3/16 in.); W. 20.7 cm (8 1/8 in.); D. 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.2.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
During the Old Kingdom, women were often depicted seated in this position at the feet of their husbands; now the same attitude has been elevated to a statuary pose in its own right. In the Middle Kingdom, many small statuettes were created of anonymous nursing women, but here Sitsnefru’s name is inscribed on a statue of considerable size and presence. She was surely attached to an elite, perhaps even royal, household.
Found in Adana, Turkey, in excavating the foundation of the house of Rev. Montgomery of the American Mission in about 1882. Purchased by the Museum from his family in New York, 1918.

Winlock, Herbert E. 1921. "An Egyptian Statuette from Asia Minor." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 16, no. 10 (October), pp. 208–210.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 215, fig. 132.

Albersmeier, Sabine 2002. Untersuchungen zu den Frauenstatuen des Ptolemäischen Ägypten. Mainz am Rhein, p. 83 n. 484; p. 92 n. 532.

Arnold, Dorothea 2015. "Statue of the Nurse Sitsnefru." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 144–45, no. 77.

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