About this object

The lower part of a statue belonging to Sebekhotep (sbk- Htp) General, ‘honoured by Nemty’, made from limestone with some pigment remaining. The legs from the thighs down and one hand are all that remain of the figure, which is seated on a block that has been inscribed. Sobekhotep was an important local noble and his title includes overseer of the department of tenants of the Great House and commander of the armies. Figures of his sons have been carved in sunk relief on the sides of the chair, the limestone retains traces of it's original colour - reddish pink on the legs and blue in the inscription. The statue was probably made to be placed in a chamber of Sobekhotep's rock tomb. In the scene on the right side of the block two standing figures are depicted - a man and a woman. The woman wears an ankle length tunic, a broad collar, bracelets and a short, curly wig. In her left hand she holds a lotus flower to her nose. Next to her and facing right is a man wearing a short pleated kilt, collar, short wig and holding a long staff in his left hand. Text is written around the figures in both vertical and horizontal bands. On the left side of the chair is depicted a single male figure. He is shown striding forward, left leg first, with a long staff in his right hand. He is wearing a short, plain kilt and a shoulder length wig. Vertical columns of text are before him but are not in registers. There is a column of text between his legs and feet; and a line of text on the top of the base, in front of the toes.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Old Kingdom - First Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Herakleopolis
  • Date made
    2181 - 2025 (Dynasty 7 - 10) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from J. Möger, 1967
  • Collector
    Johan Möger
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Herakleopolis
  • Date collected
    1967 before
  • Measurements
    343 mm x 200 mm x 380 mm
  • Note
    The Dutch art dealer Johan/John Möger described it as "11th Dynasty, Memphite region, probably near Giza". Dr E. Brovarski has been sent images and intends to publish the piece (communication with curator in December 2016).
  • Related people
    Johan Möger (Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Johan Möger

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1967
    Disposal method: Sold
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