Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Seated Statue of King Senwosret I

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
reign of Senwosret I
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
Possibly from Medinet el-Fayum (Krokodilopolis-Arsinoe), Krokodilopolis temple; From Egypt; Probably from Fayum
h. 103.5 cm (40 9/16 in); w. 41.9 cm (16 1/2 in); d. 69.9 cm (27 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Jules S. Bache, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 110
The sensitive modeling of this statue's body makes it one of the finest royal images of the early Twelfth Dynasty. The head had either broken off or was removed from the body in antiquity. A horizontal, albeit roughened plane, was carefully prepared at neck height and a hole was drilled in its center so that a new head could be placed onto the body. Was this undertaken to replace a broken head, or to change the identity of the person represented? The shallow inscriptions and incised representations on the sides of the throne were certainly changed and what we now see is a second version: no royal name is preserved among the traces of the earlier version, but the second version shows two kneeling fertility gods holding up the names of Senwosret I.
Purchased in Cairo from Panayotis Kitycas by Jules S. Bache about 1909. Donated to the Museum by Bache, 1925.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 180, fig. 110.

Hibbard, Howard 1980. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harper & Row, 40, fig. 69.

Arnold, Dorothea 2009. "The Statue Acc. No. 25.6 in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Two Versions of Throne Decoration." In Archaism and Innovation. Studies in the Culture of MIddle Kingdom Egypt.

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