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Head of an Early Eighteenth Dynasty King

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This head comes from a royal statue made at the beginning of the Eighteenth Dynasty. The simplified facial features and smiling little mouth do not represent the king’s likeness but are meant to recall images of earlier great rulers. Because the name on this statue has been lost, the identity of its subject is uncertain. It probably represents Ahmose or his son Amunhotep I, the chief imitators of the earlier Middle Kingdom style.
MEDIUM Sandstone, pigment
  • Possible Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1493 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 28 x 11 x 24 in., 160 lb. (71.1 x 27.9 x 61 cm, 72.58kg)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of a sandstone statue of a king probably Amenhotep I of Dyn. XVIII. The osiride figure is preserved from the neck up. The king is represented as wearing the White Crown, with uraeus, and a long beard. A tall back pillar, which tapers towards the top, rises almost to the top of the crown. The face is damaged. The plastic eyebrows dip slightly towards the root of the nose. The eyes are bulging with the upper lids being strongly undercut and extending past the lower lids at both ends. The cosmetic lines are treated plastically. A philtrum is indicated. The mouth is pursed with the corners being drawn up and indented. The ears are simple and remains in one plane. The weak jaw runs fairly smoothly into the neck. Much of the original paint is preserved. The skin is painted red; the beard and brows are black. The chin strap for the beard is unpainted. Condition: Piece is much damaged. Top of crown, nose, beard, and face are chipped; paint only partially preserved.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Head of an Early Eighteenth Dynasty King, ca. 1539–1493 B.C.E. Sandstone, pigment, 28 x 11 x 24 in., 160 lb. (71.1 x 27.9 x 61 cm, 72.58kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.38E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.38E_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.38E_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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