Goddess Seshat Limestone, 20 11/16 x 23 1/4 in. (52.5 x 59 cm)
Middle Kingdom, XII Dynasty, ca. 1919-1875 B.C.E.
Excavated from Lisht, Egypt
Brooklyn #52.129 , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
A few times, I could not avoid the reflections, and so I have here the museum photograph as a reference point for all that is obscured:|
Photo © Brooklyn Museum
"Seshat, whose name means "female scribe," was the goddess of writing and record keeping. The Egyptians believed she had responsibility for recording regnal years and maintaining the House of Life, an archive containing Egypt's sacred books. This fragment—found at the Pyramid Temple of Senwosret I—was copied from a relief carved at least three hundred years earlier for Pepy II, the last great ruler of the Old Kingdom."