Relief of King Iuput II
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
luput II may have been a king of Dynasty XXIII; in any event, he was one of Egypt's rulers of Libyan origin who had to submit to the Kushite king Piye when Piye invaded Egypt about 728 B.C. On this unusually large faience plaque, perhaps from a shrine, his facial features, proportions, and attire closely resemble those on monuments of Piye in Kush and of Piye's successor Kushite kings in Egypt. This resemblance may reflect luput's politically motivated imitation of his overlord's appearance. However, variants of many elements of the plaque's style, some of which reflect the art of much earlier periods (Old Kingdom–early New Kingdom, circa 2670–1350 B.C.), are found in Third Intermediate Period art made prior to Kushite influence. Hence it is possible that the plaque's decoration also shows Egyptian trends that influenced the development of Kushite art.
ca. 754-720 or 715 B.C.E.
Dynasty 24 to Dynasty 25
Third Intermediate Period
11 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 5/8 in. (29.2 x 15.9 x 1.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Faience plaque with, in raised relief, representation of King Iuput II standing facing right. Arms pendant and clasping ankh in right hand, close-fitting cap with uraeus, corset and kilt with tail. Cartouche at each upper corner.
Condition: Mounted on slate backing in XIXth century. Assembled from several pieces with some areas of restoration through head, across center, at upper right corner and lower left corner.
Egyptian. Relief of King Iuput II, ca. 754-720 or 715 B.C.E. Faience, 11 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 5/8 in. (29.2 x 15.9 x 1.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 59.17. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.17_PS6.jpg)
overall, 59.17_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.