Egypt, Dynasty 11, 2010–1998 B.C.E.
Sandstone, Overall: 213 x 36.8 x 146.1 cm (83 7/8 x 14 1/2 x 57 1/2 in.) Weight: 254.92 kg (562 lb.)
Egypt Exploration Society in recognition of a contribution to the Robert Mond Expedition from the Harriet Otis Cruft Fund 1938, MFA #38.1395
Photos © Joan Ann Lansberry
"The pose of this life-sized statue of Mentuhotep III, with the arms folded across the chest, identifies the king with Osiris. His body is enveloped in a tightly fitting garment, reminiscent of a mummy's wrappings, from which only his hands protrude. A knee-length robe is barely visible beneath it. Holes through the hands indicate that he once held the crook and flail scepters that served, like the tall white crown of Upper Egypt, as attributes both of the reigning king and of the god of the afterlife. Traces of the long, curved beard of the gods may also be detected on his chest above his crossed arms.
"The statue originally stood in the temple of the warrior god Montu at Armant in southern Egypt. It was one of six such figures that had been ceremonially buried beneath the floor when the temple was rebuilt in the Greco-Roman period." (Museum website description)
As I went through my photos, I see a profile of this statue in another photo: