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Sa-ese Grinding Grain

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The subject of this unusual statuette, the royal scribe Sa-ese, kneels in front of a grinding stone. When complete, the figure would have shown him, with extended arms, in the act of grinding grain. This statuette belongs to a small group of sculptures that served as elaborate funerary figures or shabtis.

  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390–1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 4 in. (9.2 x 4 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Kneeling figures grinding grain. Inscribed for a man names S3-3st. The figure wears a double wig; the facial features are those found in sculpture during the reign of Amenhotep III. Inscriptions are to be found on the body and grinder. Condition: Right hand missing; part of chest missing; part of surface also missing on right thigh and lap; also right shoulder. Large cracks in wig.
    CAPTION Sa-ese Grinding Grain, ca. 1390–1352 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 4 in. (9.2 x 4 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.125E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.125E_front.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.125E_front.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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