Princess Sobeknakht Suckling a Prince|
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period, ca. 1700-after 1630 B.C.E.
Copper alloy, 4 x 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 7 x 8.3 cm)
Brooklyn #43.137, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photos © Joan Ann Lansberry 2012-2016
(From the info card.)
"Beginning in the Middle Kingdom, craftsmen demonstrated great skill in designing and manufacturing metal statuary. This copper statuette, representing a woman suckling a male child, is considered among the finest of these sculptures. The inscription on the base identifies the subject as the 'hereditary noblewoman' Sobeknakht; her fillet and uraeus-cobra show that she is a princess. The figure may have been commissioned to celebrate the birth of a prince, to signal a reigning king's devotion to his mother, or to reflect Sobeknakht's wish for divine help in conceiving a child who would become Egypt's king."