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Artist's Sketches of Senenmut

Ancient Egypt

Artist's Sketches of Senenmut

Ancient Egypt
  • Date: c.1479 - c.1458 BC
  • Style: New Kingdom
  • Theme: Ostraca
  • Genre: sketch and study, portrait
  • Media: limestone, ink
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Ostraca are chips of limestone or fragments of pottery that were used as writing surfaces by ancient Egyptian scribes, or as sketch pads by artists. Despite the lack of any identifying text, the double profile on this ostracon can easily be identified as Senenmut, one of Hatshepsut's well-known courtiers. On the back of this ostracon is a sketch that depicts a small rodent.

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Purchased in Luxor and donated to the Museum, 1931.

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