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Amunhotep III

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

The dynamics of permanence and change in Egyptian art are well reflected in this statuette of Amunhotep III. The form of the striding male figure dates back to as early as Dynasty 3 (circa 2675–2625 B.C.). The Blue Crown, an element of iconography, did not appear until right before Dynasty 18 (circa 1539 B.C.), more than one thousand years later. The style was completely new: unlike most Egyptian kings, Amunhotep III allowed himself to be portrayed as an aging man with a noticeable paunch and sagging jowls.

MEDIUM Wood, gilded
  • Possible Place Collected: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dyansty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Total height: 10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm) Base: 6 5/16 x 1 1/16 x 2 3/8 in. (16 x 2.7 x 6 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Amunhotep III, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Wood, gilded, Total height: 10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.28. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.48.28_xrs_detail02.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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