Head of a King
Granite is extremely hard, but the sculptor of this statue was able to give the king's plump face and small features a softly natural quality, perhaps suggesting the subject's actual appearance rather than an idealized version. Originally, this fragment surmounted an oversized figure, achieving the same monumental quality as the pyramids being built at this time.
- Medium: Granite
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2650-2600 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late III Dynasty-early IV Dynasty
- Period: Early Old Kingdom
- Dimensions: 21 3/8 x 11 7/16 in. (54.3 x 29 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 46.167
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Head of a King, ca. 2650-2600 B.C.E. Granite, 21 3/8 x 11 7/16 in. (54.3 x 29 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 46.167. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)