Egyptian Sennefer and Senay seated sitting statue Sculpture 7" www.Neo-Mfg.com museum reproduction
Sennefer was mayor of Thebes during the reign of Amenhotep II.
The burial chamber of his tomb at Thebes with its interesting scenes of the afterlife and its beautiful painted grape-arbor ceiling still reflect the legacy of this high official. As a functionary of distinguished rank who was highly praised by the king, Sennefer was granted the right to deposit this double statue in the temple of Karnak, in the same manner as contemporary royal representations. Sennefer was thus able to receive the offerings and the prayers of the visitors. He was also proud of being a "royal favorite" to whom the king presented the massive gold necklace of honour as well as the heart-shaped amulets, the insignia of his office, which he wears both on this statue and in the painted scenes in his tomb.
Sennefer and his wife Senay are seated on a high-backed chair, their arms interlaced. The husband wears a heavy wig the echeloned curls of which reach to his shoulders leaving the ears exposed. His features are those of a middle-aged man with a serene expression. The sagging breast and rolls of fat on his torso express his well being and prosperity, a fashion introduced into Egyptian art during the Middle Kingdom, and still popular in the 18th dynasty.
Senay, whose titles name her a royal nurse, wears a tripartite wig with tresses covering her ears, a broad collar and a long dress with two shoulder straps. Her face is also given a slight smile.
One of Sennefer's daughters, Mut-nofret stands on a small base between the legs of her parents.Her wig terminates in tresses spread over her shoulders. The same Mut-nofret appears carved on the right side of the seat, on her knees before a table of offerings, sniffing a lotus flower and accompanied by an offering formula. On the left side, a similar representation depicts her sister, Nefertari.
Sennefer's right shoulder is stamped with the two cartouches of the name of Amenhotep II. Upon the couple's clothing are offering formulae invoking "a million of bread and beer, wine, oxen, fowl and everything good and pure" for the Ka of both individuals.
It is noteworthy that this sculpture is one of the very few Egyptian works of art ever to be signed. The artists Amenmes and Djed-Khonsu have placed their names in the vertical inscription on the left side of the seat.
18th dynasty, from Karnak Cachette,
reigns of Amenhotep II - Thutmose IV
JE 36574, CG 42126
Ground floor, room 12
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
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