|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|
|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 Unpublished PhD, Yale University, p.362-365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|
|Style Period||New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty|