Statuette of the Child Amenemhab

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114

Amenemhab is identified by his nudity as a very young boy. His closely cropped head is also an attribute of childhood, while the closed lotus bud he holds against his chest may allude to a hope of resurrection. The figure is remarkable for the sensitive rendering of the youthful body and childish face.

The statuette was found inside the coffin of a woman named Ahhotep Tanodjmu (Ahhotep the sweet) together with a wooden statuette of a youth named Huwebenef (26.7.1414a, b). Both statuettes were dedicated by the boys' father, Djehuty. It is logical to assume that Ahhotep was the mother of the two youngsters.

A fine scarab (26.7.575) was also found in the coffin.

Statuette of the Child Amenemhab, Bronze, separate silver lotus, wood base with pigmented inlays

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