Egyptian / Ostracon of Senenmut / ca. 1473-58 B.C.E.Egyptian
Ostracon of Senenmut
ca. 1473-58 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Ostracon of Senenmut
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -147
Creation End Date: -5
Creation Date: ca. 1473-58 B.C.E.
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawings
Materials and Techniques: Painted limestone
Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (22.5 x 18.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 36.3.252
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1936

Senenmut was one of the most trusted of Hatshepsut's officials. Although he held many administrative positions, he is best known as chief architect of her temple. This artist's sketch is similar to known representations of Senenmut. Chips of limestone and broken pottery, known as ostraca, were frequently used as disposable sketch pads by Egyptian artists of all periods. This ostracon was uncovered by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition in 1936 in the vicinity of Senenmut's offering chapel and may have been used as a guide for the decoration of one of his monuments.

AMICA ID: MMA_.36.3.252
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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