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Sesostris III
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Sesostris III

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Description Usually the sculptures of kings and queens have youthful, confident, contented, and even slightly smiling facial expressions. King Sesostris III broke dramatically with this tradition, and his face shows signs of age, concern, and discontent. He may have wished his sculptors to show him as the shepherd of his people, heavily burdened by his care for their needs and the duties of monarchy. Among the most important ancient Egyptian sculptures in the collection, this statue is a classic representation of an Egyptian pharaoh. He is shown wearing the nemes head cloth (worn only by Egypt's monarchs) with a uraeus (protective serpent) at the brow, and a shendyit (pleated kilt). An unusual feature of this king's sculpture is the amulet suspended from a necklace.
Date Description Narrative
1/29/1962Treatmentloss compensation
5/23/1962Treatmentloss compensation; repaired; stabilized
7/14/1967Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
1/01/1978Treatmentloss compensation
9/23/1999Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; loss compensation; coated
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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ca. 1850 BCE (Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, reign of Sesostris III)
black granite
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24 x 7 5/16 x 14 3/8 in. (60.96 x 18.57 x 36.51 cm) approx.
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)


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