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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

If the name on a statue is no longer preserved, archaeologists rely on stylistic analysis to identify its subject. Though this head has often been called Thutmose III, it more likely represents the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. The male ruler Thutmose was usually depicted with a rounder, more delicate face.

The feather pattern visible at the back of the head shows that the original statue depicted its subject with the plumage and wings of the falcon-god Horus, denoting kingship.
MEDIUM Granodiorite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 4 3/4 in., 16.5 lb. (26.7 × 21.6 × 12.1 cm, 7.48kg)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black granite head of a king wearing nemes headdress. Conventionalized portrait. Probably of Tuthmosis III. Large uraeus with body in double loop. Strap for attachment of beard. At back of left side of nemes remains of conventionalized feathers presumably from figure of a bird, or bird detail, at rear of head. Condition: Preserved only in face and front of head. Left eye chipped. Chin lost. Stone is cracked, nose lost.
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