Statue of the Nurse Sitsnefru

Middle Kingdom

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.

Statue of the Nurse Sitsnefru, Gabbro or diabase, paint

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