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Head of Amenhotep III Wearing the Blue Crown

Head of Amenhotep III Wearing the Blue Crown

c. 1391-1353 BC

Granodiorite

Overall: 39.1 x 30.3 x 27.7 cm (15 3/8 x 11 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund 1952.513

Description

During the long, peaceful reign of Amenhotep III, Egypt reached a pinnacle of wealth and splendor. This magnificent portrait captures the ruler's exotic features to perfection. He has large, almond-shaped eyes, elegant arched eyebrows, and a full mouth. His face is youthful and without blemish. The bone structure is lost in the fleshy fullness of the face. The contrast between polished and roughened surfaces is a hallmark of hard stone images of Amenhotep III. The flesh areas were smoothed to a glistening sheen, while the eyeballs and the crown were left rougher. The roughening of the crown also had a practical purpose, for the upper portion was originally painted blue and the browband was painted yellow. The paint would have adhered better to the unpolished surface.

See also
Collection: 
Egypt - New Kingdom
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Granodiorite

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