Quartzite block statue of Senmut


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Senmut is shown squatting with his robe wrapped around his knees, the typical pose of a block statue. Senmut is one of the well-known characters of Egypt of the New Kingdom (about 1550-1070 BC). Apparently born of relatively humble parents, he rose to very high office in the reign of Hatshepsut (1491-1479 BC) and was probably her most trusted official. His numerous titles and positions included the role of steward of Amun. He also oversaw royal building works at Thebes and organized the transport and erection of the two great obelisks of Hatshepsut in the Temple of Amun at Karnak.By the time that Hatshepsut became regent, Senmut was the tutor of her daughter Neferure. He had made at least seven statues of himself with Neferure. The British Museum has a statue showing Senmut with Princess Neferure seated on his lap.


  • Title: Quartzite block statue of Senmut
  • Date Created: -1485/-1485
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 54.00cm; Width: 30.00cm; Depth: 35.00cm; Weight: 71.00kg
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: incised
  • Registration number: 1911,0114.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Temple of Amun
  • Period/culture: 18th Dynasty
  • Material: quartzite
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Authority: Ruler Hatshepsut. Ruler Thutmose III
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Mohassib, Mohammed

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