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Name Stone of Senenmut

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Radim, Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71) or below, MMA excavations, 1930–31
Limestone, paint
H. 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.); W. 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in.); D. 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
A group of large, rough limestone chips in the collection have been inscribed witht the name and some of the titles of Hatshepsut's official Senenmut. These name stones (also called tally stones) were originally built into the terrace retaining walls and facade revetments of Senenmut's tomb chapel (TT 71). The stones were not intended to be seen in the finished structure, rather, they may have been included to symbolize Senenmut's ownership of the monument. Over time, the terrace and revetments collapsed, and the stones were scattered over the hillside below the tomb chapel where they were uncovered by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition during the 1935-1936 field season. Those in New York were received by the Museum in the division of finds.

This stone records the name Senenmut written in black paint..
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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