Granite statue of Senmut holding Princess Neferure


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Granodiorite seated statue of Senenmut holding Neferura: the steward Senenmut sits on a conventional blocklike seat and holds his royal charge on his lap. With his left hand, he grasps her firmly; with the right he draws his enveloping ankle-length cloak tightly around them both. Otherwise there is no interaction between the figures; Senenmut and Neferura gaze straight ahead. The princess's sidelock and the gesture of placing the forefinger of her right hand to her mouth are iconographic features indicative of childhood. The statue is inscribed on the legs and block-seat.


  • Title: Granite statue of Senmut holding Princess Neferure
  • Date Created: -1479/-1479
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 72.50cm; Width: 24.00cm; Depth: 48.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: incised; polished
  • Registration number: 1906,1115.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Temple of Amun
  • Period/culture: 18th Dynasty
  • Material: granodiorite
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Mohassib, Mohammed

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