Seated statue of Sehetepib Senaaib

Middle Kingdom, dynasty 13
1780–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III 6(1) in loose undisturbed debris about 80


Overall: Height 84.5 x Width of base36 x Length of base 39 cm (33 1/4 x 14 3/16 x 15 3/8 in.)

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Egypt: Sculpture and Tomb Chapels (Gallery 209)


The Ancient World



This statue portrays an ancient Egyptian official, the Chief of the Council of Upper Egypt, Sehetepib Senaaib, Son of Dedetankhet. He is shows seated on a chair with hands resting on his lap with palms down. He wears a full-length robe. There is one line of hieroglyphic inscription on the front of the robe from the waist down.
The statue is carved from a block of dense, black granodiorite of a fine grain with heavy presence of tiny mica inclusions. The statue was discovered at Kerma in the Sudan, broken in several places and heavily cracked as if from fire. Its feet are broken off and missing.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III 6(1) in loose undisturbed debris about 80 cm under the surface. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: July 2, 1914)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition