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Relief Fragment Showing Head of Queen Ahmose

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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

Queen Hatshepsut supported her right to rule by claiming to be the daughter of the god Amun, who visited her mother Queen Ahmose in the form of King Thutmose I. Ahmose's role in this royal myth explains the prominence of her images in Hatshepsut's funerary temple at Deir el Bahri. This fragmentary head of Ahmose was the work of one of Hatshepsut's best sculptors, who indicated the subject's maturity by carving a slight double chin. The headdress was later scored with a chisel, perhaps in preparation for repainting.

MEDIUM Limestone, painted
DATES ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 4 3/4 x 8 7/16 in. (12.1 x 21.5 cm)  (show scale)
ACCESSION NUMBER 57.76.2
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Arthur W. Clement
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Relief Fragment Showing Head of Queen Ahmose, ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 4 3/4 x 8 7/16 in. (12.1 x 21.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Arthur W. Clement, 57.76.2. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 57.76.2_negB_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of limestone relief. Head of Queen Ahmose facing right wearing the vulture headdress the entire surface of which is covered with triangular incisions. Only lower portion of head is preserved from base of eye to upper part of neck. Flesh yellow, remains of blue pigment on wig; background white. Condition: Incomplete. Assembled from at least two fragments..
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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