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Amunhotep I in the White Crown

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This raised relief shows Amunhotep I wearing a royal beard and the tall White Crown of Upper Egypt with a royal uraeus-cobra. The fragment comes from one of several chapels that Amunhotep I built within the Karnak Temple for the god Amun. These chapels imitate Middle Kingdom examples erected by Senwosret I of the Twelfth Dynasty, about four hundred years earlier. Certain features, however—including the curved iris of the eye, a long, curving nose with accentuated nostril, and a raised line around the corner of the mouth—typify Eighteenth Dynasty style.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Found: Thebes (Karnak), Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1525–1504 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 13 1/2 x 8 x 1 1/4 in. (34.3 x 20.3 x 3.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Relief representation, in creamy-white limestone, of the head of a king facing right. Before his face are the partial remains of a cartouche. Condition: Mended from several pieces.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Amunhotep I in the White Crown, ca. 1525–1504 B.C.E. Limestone, 13 1/2 x 8 x 1 1/4 in. (34.3 x 20.3 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 71.82. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.71.82_erg2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.71.82_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/16/2007
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