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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Face of Senwosret III
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -187
Creation End Date: -184
Creation Date: ca. 1878-1841 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Quartzite
Dimensions: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 26.7.1394
Credit Line: Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
The face of Senwosret III is one of the most individual and recognizable in all of Egyptian art. The deep-set, heavy-lidded eyes, the thin lips, and the series of diagonal furrows marking the rather hollow cheeks give representations of this king a brooding expression not usually found on the faces of Egyptian kings, who are generally portrayed with a more youthful countenance. Although it lacks any inscription, this fragment of a quartzite statue is easily identified as likeness of Senwosret III. However, unlike the stern features seen on the face of the king's gneiss sphinx (17.9.2), the expression here is somewhat softened, suggesting the face of a living, aging man. This image is one of the few instances in Egyptian art in which the ruler seems consciously to have chosen to represent his humanity rather than an idealized image of eternal kingship.
AMICA ID: MMA_.26.7.1394
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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