Head of a Kushite Ruler
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Art historians assign this head to the very end of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. It may represent the ultimate Kushite king, Tanwetamani (circa 664–653 B.C.), who was defeated by the Assyrian army that invaded Egypt and sacked the capital city of Thebes. After Tanwetamani's defeat, descendants of the Kushite royal house continued to rule Nubia from the area around Napata until the first quarter of the third century B.C.
ca. 670-653 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 25
Third Intermediate Period
3 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (8.6 x 7 x 14.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Fragmentary head of a Kushite king in green basalt (?). Beard almost entirely gone. Left chin and cheek badly chipped, as is nose. The fragment is of exceptional quality and in spite of the very hard stone, the face is modelled with extraordinary detail.
Condition: Head preserved from just above the eyes down to base of neck.
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