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Tuthmosis IV/Menkheperure, King, statuette of sphinx


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Title statuette of sphinx
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Artist Tuthmosis IV/Menkheperure, King
Date 1540 - 1292 BCE
Description Sphinx statue of Tuthmosis IV, with front legs, beard and part of the face missing. Tuthmosis IV wears a nemes headdress pulled tight across the forehead and tied at the back, with a flap hanging at both sides; the nemes is surmounted by an uraeus, worn on the forehead. He wears a garment across the shoulders and front, left open at the chest. The cartouche of Tuthmosis IV is inscribed on the chest below the beard in hieroglyphs, facing to the right. The body of the sphinx is finely carved to represent the body of lion, with the tail curling around the right hind leg.
The sphinx is lying on a plinth on which there is an inscription running around the three existing faces; the hieroglyphs on the left side face to the left and those on the back and right sides face to the right.
Circa 1410 BCE.
Description Source Birch, S. 1880. Catalogue of the Collection of Egyptian Antiquities at Alnwick Castle, London: R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor, p. 42-43
Cultural Context Egyptian
Id Number Former Accession N379
Inscription Egyptian, hieroglyphic, incised on left
Egyptian, hieroglyphic, cast on right
Location Creation Site Misr
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject sculpture in the round, statuette, king, animal, inscription
Measurements 99 x 197 x 288 mm
Context The sides of the base have been reworked in ancient times to replace the original inscription with that of the Scribe of Recruits, Ranero.
Relation References Bryan, B. M. 1980, The Reign of Tuthmosis IV. Unpublished PhD, Yale University, p.362-365

Harris, J.R. 1983. Some Well Known Egyptian Pieces Reconsidered. Arts of Asia, 1983, vol. 13, no. 6, p. 76-77
Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Work Type statuette
 
 
 

 

 

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