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Relief of Ramses II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The color and style of this relief strongly suggest not only that it came from the temple of Ramesses II at Abydos but also that it was carved in the first two years of his reign, perhaps by the same artists who decorated the adjacent temple of his predecessor, Seti I. The aquiline nose and the fat folds on the throat are particularly characteristic of Nineteenth Dynasty relief. Ramesses is shown with arms raised in a gesture of offering or worship.

MEDIUM Limestone, paint
  • Possible Place Collected: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XIX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 11.670
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Relief of Ramses II, ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E. Limestone, paint, 15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.670. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 11.670_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragmentary head of Rameses II in painted sunk relief, limestone - Nemes headdress with uraeus and ceremonial beard. Preserved from top of head to shoulders. Condition: Fair. Numerous chips on surface. Portions stained. Good workmanship.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (86%)
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