Statuette of Huwebenef, Wood

Statuette of Huwebenef

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Ahmose I–Thutmose II
ca. 1550–1479 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Hall (C), burial 24, inside coffin, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
H. 35 cm (13 3/4 in.); w. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.); d. 19.2 cm (7 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1414a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
Like other early New Kingdom statues, Huwebenef has a slender body, delicate features, and unusually large eyes. The statuette has a separate wooden base with a funerary inscription by Huwebenef's father, Djehuty. The statuettes of the child Amenemhab (26.7.1413a, b) and Huwebenef were found inside the coffin of a woman presumed to have been their mother.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1911. Acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection, 1911–1926. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Carnarvon, 5th Earl of and Howard Carter 1912. Five Years' Explorations at Thebes. p. 75.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 60, fig. 30.

Hill, Marsha 2007. "Hepu's Hair." In Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar: Studies in Honor of James Romano, 17, p. 122 n61.