CAIRO – 25 January 2021: The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is currently displaying the head of King Senusret III at the main entrance as the artifact of the month, to shed light on the legal system in ancient Egypt, and how policemen and guards were concerned with security and curbing crimes.
Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek said that this piece was chosen within the context of celebrating Egypt’s Police Day, noting that King Senusret III is one of the most important kings, who ordered the establishment of forts to secure the Egyptian borders.
The king wanted to incarnate himself as a king who would bear the burden of great responsibility. He portrayed himself in the statue with the features of an elderly man, with an exhausted face, sunken eyes, and a swollen eyelid below the eye. His ears were also big, a sign that he was listening to his people. the statue also showed the king wearing the royal headdress.
This comes in contrast to the habit of kings at that time, when they used to portray themselves with the features of youth.
Abdel Razek indicated that the name of King Senusret III was found engraved in Elephantine Island, Suhail, Amda and Toshka. His name was also found on a piece of plaque in the castle of King's Island, which is located four miles north of Semna Fort.