Category: pharaoh

egypt-museum:

Head of a King

This rare head of a king with beard and one eye-ball missing; ear chipped; tip of crown broken off and replaced. Recent bruises on the left cheek and the crown. The right eye-ball is carved of fine marl, originally held in place by a copper hand, of which two small fragments (completely oxidized) remain.

The headgear and mustache identify the figure as an Egyptian king; the tall crown with the rounded top, known as the

Hedjet

White Crown, signified rule over Upper Egypt. Broken at the neck, the head originally belonged to a full, probably standing, statue. 

In ancient Egypt, such statues were placed in tombs to serve as eternal images of the deceased. Sculptors sought to convey the pharaoh’s divine character, while also experimenting with realistic portrayals of the human face and body.

Made out of diorite. Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty to 6th Dynasty, ca. 2498-2181 BC. Now in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. F1938.11

Head of Nectanebo I

Bust of Nectanebo I in

hedjet crown,

founder of the last native dynasty of Egypt, the thirtieth, 4th-century BC. Now in the Louvre.

Colossal Statue of Akhenaten

A group of colossal statues of Akhenaten, originally from the Temple of the Aten at Karnak, are on display in the Egyptian Museum. These statues may represent the first time that Akhenaten’s new religious thoughts were translated into art and architecture. 

Here we see the king standing, wearing a kilt that hangs below his swollen stomach. It is tied with a belt, decorated with the royal cartouche. He wears the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, as well as the Khat-headdress. In his hands he holds symbols of power and authority. His features are presented in the typical style of the period, with narrow slanting eyes, a long thin face, and thick lips. 

New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1353-1336 BC. From the Temple of Aten, Karnak. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Ground Floor, Room 3, 

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Colossal head of Akhenaten

A colossal head of Amenhotep IV (”Akhenaten”), father of Tutankhamun. New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 18th Dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Luxor Museum.

Painted wooden chest of Tutankhamun

Detail depicting Tutankhamun on his chariot attacking Asiatics, side of a chest. From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

The enemies of Egypt vanquished and enslaved

Detail from the inside of one of the state chariots found in the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62),

stuccoed wood covered with gold. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Relief of Ramesses II

Detail of a bas-relief depicting Ramesses II (r. ca. 1279-1213 BC), from small temple built by pharaoh at Abydos. Now in the Louvre.

Statuette of Tutankhamun

Gilded funerary statuette of the boy king, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Pendant of Amenhotep III

Gold pendant representing the pharaoh Amenhotep III, grandfather of Tutankhamun, holding crook and flail of the Osirian monarchy.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Ushabti of Ramesses IV

Funerary figurine of the pharaoh Ramesses IV. New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses IV, ca. 1155-1149 BC. Now in the Louvre.