King Senwosret III
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
A masterpiece of Middle Kingdom royal sculpture, this statue of the Twelfth Dynasty king Senwosret III encapsulates one basic theme of this installation: the interaction between permanence and change. By the time an artist carved this piece, the seated pose had been part of Egyptian tradition for more than eight hundred years; most of the elements of the costume had been around even longer. However, the style of carving—note Senwosret’s expressive face—had been in vogue for less than a generation.
ca. 1836-1818 B.C.E.
21 7/16 x 7 1/2 x 13 11/16 in. (54.5 x 19 x 34.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented, probably Medamud or Hierakonpolis, Egypt; before 1951, acquired by Moharreb Todrous of Luxor, Egypt; before 1951, inherited from Moharreb Todrous by his eldest daughter; 1951, purchased from eldest daughter by Jacques Matossian of Alexandria, Egypt; before 1952, acquired from Jacques Matossian by Marguerite Mallon; January 1952, purchased from Marguerite Mallon by the Brooklyn Museum.
King Senwosret III, ca. 1836-1818 B.C.E. Granite, 21 7/16 x 7 1/2 x 13 11/16 in. (54.5 x 19 x 34.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.1_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 52.1_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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