Sunday, January 24, 2016

Statuette of the Lady Senbi

     This small, cedar wood statuette of the lady Senbi dates to the late Eleventh or early Twelfth Dynasty. It shows Senbi wearing a tight sheath dress and has a painted outline of a broad collar around her neck. The dress and any other details would originally have been shown in paint and are not clearly delineated by the carving of the statuette itself.

     As is normal with Egyptian wooden statues, this piece was cared as several separate pieces of wood which were then pegged together. The statuette was likely covered wth a thin layer of gesso and then painted.

     The face of this work has a certain charm to it and the original black paint on the hair and the outline of her eyes have survived until modern times.

     This object is on loan from the Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim.

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