Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Head and Torso of a King

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    Head and Torso of a King

    This fragment depicts a king in the pleated linen nemes (royal headcloth) and the uraeus-cobra worn only by royalty. The complete statue probably showed him standing and wearing a short kilt. The well-modeled torso and round, youthful face are characteristic of royal statuary from Dynasty 5. This figure most closely resembles statues of King Niuserre, who may be represented here.

    • Medium: Granite
    • Place Found: Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 2455-2425 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: V Dynasty
    • Period: Old Kingdom
    • Dimensions: 13 3/8 x 6 3/8 x 5 9/16 in. (34 x 16.2 x 14.1 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
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    • Accession Number: 72.58
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Head and Torso of a King, ca. 2455-2425 B.C.E. Granite, 13 3/8 x 6 3/8 x 5 9/16 in. (34 x 16.2 x 14.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 72.58. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, CUR.72.58_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 12/11/2007
    • Catalogue Description: Upper portion of a pink and black mottled granite statue of a king, preserved from just below the waist up. He wears a nemes with uraeus. The head of the uraeus is gone and there is no indication of a tail. The nemes rests low upon the forehead. The brows in relief dip slightly toward the root of the nose. The eyeballs are well rounded. The lips are full but the mouth is relatively small. The space between the base of the nose and upper lip is short. The cheeks are full. The lappets of the nemes are striated horizontally. A pronounced median line and navel with an additional division between rib cage and abdomen. The broad, flat topped back pillar ends at the shoulder blades. The arms and shoulders are mostly gone but the portion remaining shows the arms were at the sides. Probably from a striding statue. Condition: Arms mostly gone (parts remaining are inner edges on both sides). Right shoulder gone from nemes outwards. Small part of left shoulder mostly gone. Three large chips in wings of nemes. Chin chipped. Large chip in left breast. Other small chips. Traces of red, green and yellow pigment over the piece which is not ancient as a portion is in a chip.
    • Record Completeness: Best (84%)
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