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Head of an Early Eighteenth Dynasty King

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Like the nearby head of King Ahmose, this head comes from a royal statue made at the beginning of Dynasty 18. Here, too, the simplified facial features and smiling little mouth do not represent the king’s likeness, but rather allude to images of earlier great rulers. Because the name on this statue has been lost, the identity of its subject is uncertain. It probably represents Ahmose or his son Amunhotep I, the chief imitators of Middle Kingdom royal style.
MEDIUM Sandstone, painted
  • Place Collected: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1493 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 28 x 11 x 24 in. (71.1 x 27.9 x 61 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.38E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Head of an Early Eighteenth Dynasty King, ca. 1539-1493 B.C.E. Sandstone, painted, 28 x 11 x 24 in. (71.1 x 27.9 x 61 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.38E. Creative Commons-BY
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