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Collection Online as of November 24, 2017

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 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.). Gift of the Hanna Fund 1952.513

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.

CMA 1958, no. 217; CMA 1965b; CMA/Fort Worth/Paris 1992-93, no. 11 (entry by Betsy M. Bryan), cover and pl. 12, color illus.; CMA 1996 (not in cat.) Musée d'art et d'histoire de la Ville de la Genève, Switzerland (10/16/2008 - 2/1/2009) and Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy (2/26/2009 - 6/14/2009): "Expostion Akhenaton" The Cleveland Museum of Art (3/13/16-6/12/16) " Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt" Cat. pg. 58 fig. 14

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