The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of September 30, 2016

Head of Amenhotep III Wearing the Round Wig, c. 1391-1353 BC

brown quartzite, Overall: 17.30 x 17.00 x 25.30 cm (6 3/4 x 6 11/16 x 9 15/16 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1961.417

Although he must have been nearly 50 years old when this portrait was carved, Amenhotep III appears more youthful than ever. Over a round, curly wig he wears a diadem with side streamers adorned with cobras bearing sun disks on their heads. The stone quartzite was associated with the sun on account of its ruddy hues, ranging in color from brown to red to purple. It was a favorite of Amenhotep III--the king who called himself the "dazzling sun-disk of all lands."

CMA, 24 October-25 November 1962, Year in Review, 1962, cat.: CMA Bulletin 49, no. 9 (November 1962), no. 86, illus. p. 220; Cleveland, East Ohio Gas Company, 18 March-1 April 1963, The Role of the Museum in Cleveland's Life; CMA/Fort Worth/Paris 1992-93, no. 8 (entry by Betsy M. Bryan), pl. 9, color; CMA 1996 (not in cat.)
MFA Boston (11/14/99-2/6/00); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (3/10 - 5/29/00); Art Institute of Chicago (7/1 - 9/24/00); Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden Netherlands (11/3/00 - 2/18/01). "Pharaohs of the Sun, Akenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen" fig. 23, p. 42, cat. no. 8, p. 203.

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