Fragmentary Head of a King
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.
- Cultures: Egyptian; Nubian
- Medium: Diorite
- Dates: ca. 670-653 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XXV Dynasty
- Period: Third Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (8.6 x 7 x 14.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 05.316
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Egyptian. Fragmentary Head of a King, ca. 670-653 B.C.E. Diorite, 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (8.6 x 7 x 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 05.316. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: 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.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)