I'm looking at the "Face of Amunhotep II," and there's a picture of Amunhotep I nearby! Why do they look so different?
There are a few factors. First, carving a 3-D sculpture is a very different process from carving a relief. There are also differences in who created these.
Why does Amunhotep II not come right after Amunhotep I?
In ancient Egypt, when a king was crowed he chose up to five names, in this case "Amunhotep" is the throne name that both of these kings chose.
Of course, Amunhotep II chose his name to recall the accomplishments of Amunhotep I or because of their family relationship.
Oh! I see. So that's why they look similar in the face? They both have narrow eyes?
Partially, also that was a trend seen in the early part of the 18th Dynasty. Notice that the head of Hatshepsut has relatively similar facial features.
So it's like Amunhotep I is the idol of Amunhotep II?
It's possible. It's also possible that he didn't want to be compared to his immediate predecessor, Thutmose III who was a long reigning and successful pharaoh, so he chose the name of a different ancestor.
Oh ! That make sense.
Tell me more.
The king represented here, Amunhotep I, ruled during the first part of the 18th Dynasty. Kings from this time period were often depicted with these distinctive facial features--narrow eyes, a small nose, and a suggestion of a smile. Notice the similarities in images of kings named Thutmose, for example.