Statue of Lady Sennuwy

Statue of Lady Sennuwy
From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III hall A., Middle Kingdom, reign of Senwosret I, 1971–1926 B.C.E.
Granodiorite, size including base: 170.2 x 116.2 x 47 cm, 1224.71 kg (67 x 45 3/4 x 18 1/2 in., 2700 lb.)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition 1914, MFA #14.720

"One of the masterpieces of Middle Kingdom sculpture, this statue portrays Sennuwy, the wife of a powerful governor of Asyut in central Egypt. The fine workmanship indicates that it was made in a royal workshop. Originally, the statue probably stood in the couple's tomb chapel or a temple. However, it was discovered in the Tumulus burial of a ruler of the kingdom of Kerma, far to the south of Egypt in modern day Sudan, where it was buried some two centuries after Sennuwy's death." (From info card)

An over head view of the statue at the museum website, (Here if not there), lets us know the mysterious object in her hand is likely a lotus (aka 'lily').

All photos except the bottom 'top view' ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2014