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Face of a King

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Several details indicate that this fragmentary head represents a king. The long back of the headdress and the side pieces that almost encircle the ear probably belong to the tall White Crown of Upper Egypt. The line running down from the point of the chin can only be a royal beard. Although similar in style to representations of both Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, this statue’s nose is smaller and straighter and the brow is more evenly curved, indicating a slightly later date. Thus the subject is most likely Thutmose IV, grandson and namesake of Thutmose III.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Collected: Thebes (Karnak), Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1400-1390 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 6 11/16 x 4 9/16 in. (17 x 11.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Possibly a representation of Thutmose IV. One limestone fragment of a royal relief showing the head of a king facing left. Condition: One horizontal line of major abrasion across entire surface and traces of abrasion elsewhere.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Face of a King, ca. 1400-1390 B.C.E. Limestone, 6 11/16 x 4 9/16 in. (17 x 11.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 87.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.87.1_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.87.1_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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