Head of a King, possibly Tutankhamun
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
For many years, curators at the Brooklyn Museum of Art identified this fragmentary head as a depiction of a king, either Akhenaten, Smenkhkare, or Tutankhaten. Recently, however, another scholar has used stylistic arguments to suggest that the subject is not male at all. Instead, the piece is thought to represent Queen Ankhesenpaaten, second daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and wife of Tutankhaten.
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
1 3/4 x 2 1/16 x 2 7/16 in. (4.5 x 5.2 x 6.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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Head of a King, possibly Tutankhamun, 1333-1323 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 1 3/4 x 2 1/16 x 2 7/16 in. (4.5 x 5.2 x 6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.20. Creative Commons-BY
installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.86.226.20_wwg7.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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Fragment of lower part of royal head in white, now somewhat discolored limestone. Preserved are the right cheek, part of the right ear, the right eye, root of the nose, mouth and chin, a small part of the left eye and ear, the left cheek, part of the neck, and the lower right rear edge of the crown. Some traces of red and, in the corners of the eyes, black paint are still adhering.
Condition: Fragmentary; slight pitting on left cheek; discoloration on right cheek.
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