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Ostrica of Senenmut
c.1473–1458 BC, 18th Dynasty, reign of Hatshepsut

Senenmut was one of the most trusted of Hatshepsut's officials. Although he held many administrative positions, he is best known as chief architect of her temple. This artist's sketch is similar to known representations of Senenmut. Chips of limestone and broken pottery, known as ostrica, were frequently used as disposable sketch pads by Egyptian artists of all periods. This ostracon was uncovered by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition in 1936 in the vicinity of Senenmut's offering chapel and may have been used as a guide for the decoration of one of his monuments.

Senenmut disappeared from view during the end of the Hatshepsut's 'reign' and various theories suggest a relationship between them and also his downfall.  His tomb was empty and it was suggested that it tunnelled into her tomb (which is not actually possible).


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