Black granite statue of Sarenput

British Museum

British Museum

Sarenput was the governor of the southernmost province of Egypt, which centred on the island of Elephantine at modern Aswan. His tomb at the local cemetery of Qubbet el-Hawa can still be visited today. It is not known exactly where this statue was originally sited, but a very similar statue of the same man has been found on Elephantine, in a sanctuary to the local governor Heqaib.This statue of Sarenput is powerful and impressive; it shares stylistic characteristics with other products of the area. The ancient removal of the inlays in the eye-sockets has made it clear that the eyes were originally held in place by small dowels passing through the upper eyelids.The statue is in two incomplete parts, which were reunited when the statue was being prepared for the Nubian Gallery at The British Museum in 1991.

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  • Title: Black granite statue of Sarenput
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 48.50cm (max); Width: 35.00cm (approx.); Depth: 24.00cm (approx.)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: .98
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Aswan
  • Period/culture: 12th Dynasty
  • Material: granodiorite
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum


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