From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, Tomb of Sehetibreankh, Pit 6L.P19, MMA excavations, 1923–24
H. 94.5 cm (37 3/16 in); W. 29.5 cm (11 5/8 in); D. 58 cm (22 13/16 in)
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1924
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 110
This statue is an example of the most common type of human representation made during the early Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000–1900 B.C.). It is patterned on depictions of the king (see 25.6), and thus proclaims that Sehetepibreankh spent his life in the service and as a true delegate of the king. The statue once stood in Sehetepibreankh's tomb in a place where family and friends could bring offerings and say prayers.
Museum excavations, 1923-1924. Alotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds, 1924.
Connor, Simon 2015. "Statue of the Steward Sehetepibreankh Seated." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 66–67, no. 16.
Arnold, Dorothea 2015. "Statues in Their Settings: Encountering the Divine." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, n. 86.