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
- Catalogue Description: Colossal red granite head of a king in white crown. Broad features, eyes without paint stripes, no uraeus on crown, no beard. At the back of the neck a line indicating the top of a cloak which suggests that the head may be from a Heb-sed statue. Condition: Fragment. The tip of the crown is missing; also the end of the nose. Small chips from the right eye an upper lip; right ear weathered; minor weathering and chipping elsewhere on the surface but on the whole the preserved potion is in good condition. The break at the neck is irregular.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)