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Senenu Grinding Grain

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The royal scribe Senenu appears here bent over a large grinding stone. This unusual sculpture seems to be an elaborate version of a shabti, a funerary figurine placed in the tomb to work in place of the deceased in the hereafter. The hieroglyphic text included Senenu's claim to a blessed afterlife by virtue of his proper behavior toward the king and gods.

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
  • Reportedly From: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. or ca. 1322–1319 B.C.E. or ca. 1319–1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/16 × 3 1/8 × 7 9/16 in. (18 × 8 × 19.2 cm) mount: 7 × 7 1/2 × 4 1/4 in. (17.8 × 19.1 × 10.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Statue (limestone) of the King’s scribe Sennu. Sennu is represented, wearing a long kilt with fringed top, leaning over a huge grinder and grinding grain. The texts are inscribed on grinder and base. Condition: Large chips in left edge of base, left buttock and left leg of figure. Large chip in rear of base; numerous small chips and scratches. Blue substance in some signs on right side.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Senenu Grinding Grain, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. or ca. 1322–1319 B.C.E. or ca. 1319–1292 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 7 1/16 × 3 1/8 × 7 9/16 in. (18 × 8 × 19.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.120E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.120E_front_PS22.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.120E_front_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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