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August 29 2012

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Tuesday was wall-to-wall drama, and to top it all off I'm sick.
So here's a MASSIVE pic of one of Princess Mereret's fabulous pectorals.  It bears the name of her BAMF father, Khakaure - Senwosret III.

I really need hawk-headed sphinxes tramplin' the bad guys.
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August 19 2012

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Heliopolis Obelisk of Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Ra) - second king of the 12th Dynasty

Via wikipedja

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Wooden statue of Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Ra) - second king of the 12th Dynasty

Near Senwosret I’s pyramid complex was found the tomb of Imhotep, the High Priest of Heliopolis. Archaeologists there uncovered two 23-inch wooden statues of Senwosret, one wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt and the other wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt.

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On both its inner and outer faces the stone enclosure wall around the pyramid of Senwosret I at Lisht was decorated with one hundred relief panels, four of which have been reconstructed here using excavated fragments. The panels represent an image of the world according to ancient Egyptian beliefs. Between the fertile land below and the falcon of the sky above lies the realm of the pharaoh, symbolized by the ornate facade of his palace. Each rectangular field above the palace facade contains Senwosret’s Horus name, “Living in births.” The two panels on the near side of the gallery door also proclaim his throne name, Kheperkare (“The evolution of Re’s life force”). The king’s birth name, Senwosret (“Man of the powerful [goddess]”), is added to his Horus name on the panel closest to the window. …

(via The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Name Panels from the Inner Wall of Senwosret I’s Pyramid Complex)

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July 11 2012

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Outer coffin of Prince Djehutynakht: offering scene, late 11th or early 12th Dynasty, 2008–1836 B.C.E., painted cedar wood, 115 × 263 cm.

(via Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - đặngvũchính)

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Relief of Montuhotep III

Originally this massive limestone slab belonged to the wall of a chapel built for Montuhotep III at Armant. On the far left the king is depicted wearing a ceremonial beard and the Red Crown of Lower Egypt; on the far right he is seen in the royal head cloth known as the nemes. Between these two images we see the goddess Iunyt.

The shrine’s decoration probably showed the sed-festival, an ancient ritual of royal renewal traditionally held in the king’s thirtieth regnal year. Montuhotep III ruled for only twelve years, so the images probably indicate the king’s wish for a reign lasting at least three decades.

Medium: Limestone
Place Found: Armant, Egypt
Dates: ca. 1957-1945 B.C.E.
Dynasty: XI Dynasty
Period: Middle Kingdom
Dimensions: 23 11/16 x 51 9/16 x 4 1/2 in. (60.1 x 131 x 11.5 cm)

(via Brooklyn Museum: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Relief of Montuhotep III)

June 13 2012

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Length: 4.420 cm
Diameter: 1.550 cm

Glazed steatite cylinder seal of Sobekneferu

From the Fayum, Egypt
12th Dynasty, (about 1799-1795 BCE)

Sobekneferu was a female king whose accession to the throne followed the death of Amenemhat IV, who was perhaps her brother and possibly also her husband. She was probably the daughter of Amenemhat III, whose mortuary temple she completed at Hawara. According to the historian Manetho, she had a brief reign of around four years (about 1799-1795 BCE).

Four of the royal names of Sobekneferu are inscribed on this seal. The fifth is known from other monuments. She was the first ruler to compound a name with that of the god Sobek. This crocodile-headed god was particularly associated with the Fayum. The epithet to the name of the king ‘beloved of Sobek, lord of Shedyt’ stresses the links between the king and this god. The mention of the Fayum town of Shedyt suggests that the seal comes from this site. Amenemhat III undertook many building projects in the Fayum and so his successors may also have had important associations with this area.

Seals were used from early times to ensure that goods, and later, documents were not tampered with. Cylinder seals were rolled over the damp clay covers which closed jars of valuable commodities such as wine. These were sometimes destined for use at court, and were sealed with the name of the king. …

I have a book w/a nice photo of this seal. It explains that this side of the seal shows her Horus name in a serekh: The Female Hawk, Beloved of Ra. One of her titles follows, Mistress of the Two Lands.


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June 10 2012

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“Statue of an Offering Bearer”, ca. 1981-1975 B.C.E.

(via Eddie’s Art 718: December 2011)

May 27 2012

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The god Atum presenting King Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Ra) to the god Min

12th Dynasty (1971-1926 BCE)

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Fig.1: Plan of the Temple of Senwosret I at Lisht (British School of Archaeology 1913).
The Temple of Senwosret I was built in the early part of the 12th Dynasty just before 1926 BC, about 1 km south of the pyramid of Senwosret’s father, Amenemhet I. The temple, excavated in 1913 by the British School of Archaeology, was approached from the east by a causeway, entrance hall, and colonnaded court. Senwosret’s actual burial, located to the west under the main temple, has not been excavated due to high ground water (Clayton 2006).

In the northeastern part of Senwosret’s compound, just outside the enclosure walls, are tombs of his retainers. These include a large mastaba tomb for Imhotep, his treasurer. Other burials were identified during excavations in the 1920s by the Metropolitan Museum.

At least nine small pyramids for royal women are located south of the pyramid of Amenemhet I, of which two are shown in this plan. Among those buried in these pyramids are Queen Nefru, wife of Amenemhet I, and their daughters, the Princesses Itekuyet, Nufru-Sobek, Nefru-Ptah, and Nenseddjedet (Clayton 2006).

(via Athena Review Image Archive: Lisht: Temple of Senwosret I (12th Dyn))

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Statues of Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Ra),12th Dynasty (1971-1926 BCE)

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Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Ra), 12th Dynasty (1971-1926 BCE)

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Osiride pillar of Pharaoh Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Ra), 12th Dynasty (1971-1926 BCE). From one of the chapels of the sacred precinct of the God Amon in Karnak. Limestone, white plaster, paint. H: 158 cm Inv. Luxor J 174
Luxor Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art, Luxor, Egypt

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Headless statue of Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Re, ruled 1971-1926 BCE, 12th Dynasty) - Inscription on left side of statue’s chair.


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Wooden statue of Senwosret I (Kheper-Ka-Ra) - second king of the 12th Dynasty

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April 22 2012

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The Princess Sithathor, “Sithathor A”, was a daughter of Khakaure Senwosret III. This pectoral comes from her tomb in the lower galleries of the pyramid complex of her father at Dahshur.
Her grandfather’s name, Khakheperre Senwosret II is the central feature.

Between 1894 and 1895 Jacques de Morgan discovered several rich tombs in the Dahshur necropolis. The first tombs were found during his 1894 excavations, around the pyramid of Senwosret III and contained the burials of royal ladies, arranged in two galleries. Above the ground the tombs were constructed in the form of small pyramids. Hidden inside a burial chamber, de Morgan found the treasures of Princess Sithathor, a daughter of Senwosret II, consisting of a rich cache of jewellery which included a magnificent pectoral of Senwosret II (now in Cairo Museum) and a scarab of Senwosret III as well as other items of jewellery. Further down the same corridor de Morgan discovered the jewels of Queen Meret, a daughter (or wife) of Senwosret III. This included two beautiful pectorals and a range of scarabs and rings bearing the names of Senwosret III and Amenemhet III.

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Pectoral with the Name of Senwosret II, and Necklace of Sithathoryunet
ca. 1897–1878 B.C.E.; Dynasty 12, reigns of Senwosret II – Amenemhat III; Middle Kingdom
Gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, turquoise, feldspar, garnet; width of pectoral 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)

This cloisonné pectoral is inlaid with 372 carefully cut pieces of semiprecious stones. It is composed around the throne name of King Senwosret II and was found among the jewelry of Princess Sit-hathor-yunet in a special niche of her underground tomb beside the pyramid of Senwosret II at Lahun. Hieroglyphic signs make up the design, and the whole may be read: “The god of the rising sun grants life and dominion over all that the sun encircles for one million one hundred thousand years [i.e., eternity] to King Khakheperre [Senwosret II].”

(via Pectoral at Metropolitan Museum)

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Two necklaces of Princess Mereret with attached illustrated pectorals made of gold, carnelian, turquoise, lapis lazuli and amethyst. (Left) Pectoral in the name of Amenemhat III, pharaoh with war club holding hair of Bedouin, vulture goddess Nekhbet; (Right) Pectoral in name of Senusret [Senwosret] III, falcon-headed sphinxes represent pharaoh defeating Egypt’s enemies, lotus plants frame scene

Princess Mereret (Mereret B) was a daughter of Khakaure Senwosret III.

Copyright: Kenneth Garrett

(via Two necklaces with attached illustrated pectorals made of gold, carnelian, turquoise, lapis lazuli and amethyst. | Kenneth Garrett Photography)

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