Statue of Lady Sennuwy

Unknown1971 B.C. - 1926 B.C.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

One of the masterpieces of Middle Kingdom sculpture, this statue was discovered in the tumulus burial of a Nubian ruler of Kerma, far to the south of Egypt in modern-day Sudan. A fragmentary statue of Sennuwy's husband, Hepdjefa, was recovered from the same tumulus. Hepdjefa, a provincial governor and "overseer of the king's estate" in the reign of Senwosret I, was the owner of an elaborate tomb in Asyut in Middle Egypt. Both his and Sennuwy's statues were probably plundered from the tomb and transported to Kerman during the Second Intermediate Period (1640-1550 B.C.). they mat have been traded to the Nubian ruler by the Hyksos kings who ruled Lower Egypt at this time and who engaged in exporting Egyptian Art to the cities of the Levantine coast and the Aegean as well as Nubia.


  • Title: Statue of Lady Sennuwy
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1971 B.C. - 1926 B.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: w622 x h216 x d1162 mm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/statue-of-lady-sennuwy-141967
  • Medium: Granodiorite
  • Period, era, dynasty, reign: Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Senwosret I
  • City, state, country: Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

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