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Granite statue of Senusret III

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Granite statue of Senusret III






head of a king, Amenemhet III or Senusret/Senwosret III, fragment

Production Notes

The statue shows the so-called realistic type of portrait common in Dynasty 12. It is thought that the features were deliberately aged in order to show the difficulties faced by the king in Egypt during this period. It has also been suggested that the features are African.

Field Collection


Technique Description



length 20 cm


Twelfth Dynasty
Middle Kingdom


circa 1870 B.C. — 1831 B.C.


bequeathed: Gayer-Anderson, R.G. (Major) 1943 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. Bourriau, J.D.
    (1988) Pharaohs and mortals; Egyptian art in the Middle Kingdom , Cambridge (Cambs.) (1988) Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: ]
    [comments: no. 29]
  2. Reeves, C.N.
    [Unknown: Burlington Magazine 130 (1988)] [page: 648]
    Source title: The Burlington Magazine (1988)
    [comments: fig. 77]
  3. Malek, Jaromír
    Porter, Bertha
    Moss, Rosalind
    (1999) Topographical bibliography of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, statues, reliefs and paintings. Vol. 8, Objects of provenance not known. Part 1, Royal statues. Private statues (Predynastic to Dynasty XVII) , Oxford : Griffith Institute (1999) Oxford: Griffith Institute [page: 27]



Accession Number

E.GA.82.1949 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 60802; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-13)

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