Senenmut with Nefrua

Senenmut with Nefrua

Date ca. 1470-1460 BCE

Movement Egyptian | New Kingdom | 18th Dynasty

Medium Granite

Dimensions height approx. 3’.5”

Provenance Thebes, Egypt

Housed at Ägyptisches Museum, Berlin

 

Because they were often placed in mock funerary boats within tombs, abstract block statues such as this one were thought to have been the vehicle for the deceased’s ka. Here, Senenmut holds Nefrua, his pupil and the daughter of Hapshetsut. The smooth, broad planes allowed for extensive space for prayers and other inscriptions.