Face of Senwosret III

Period: Middle Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 12

Reign: reign of Senwosret III

Date: ca. 1878–1840 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Red quartzite

Dimensions: H. 16.5 × W. 12.6 × D. 11.4 cm (6 1/2 × 4 15/16 × 4 1/2 in.)

Credit Line: Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926

Accession Number: 26.7.1394


This face belonged to an approximately lifesize image of the king wearing the folded cloth nemes headdress. It is similar to another quartzite face of the same pharaoh in this gallery, though the bone structure and folds of flesh are less emphatic. Since quartzite was used for sculptures of kings and the elite, they were likely carved in only a few workshops. These two images of Senwosret III may have been sculpted in the same place, though certainly by different artists.