c. 1859–1814 BC
Overall: 51.2 x 19.8 x 18.4 cm (20 3/16 x 7 13/16 x 7 1/4 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1960.56
The first pyramid Amenemhat III attempted to build, the so-called Black Pyramid, had major construction flaws and had to be abandoned when it started to collapse.
Even though this statue of a king is uninscribed, its distinctive features identify it without any doubt as a portrait of Amenemhat III. The heavy brows, prominent cheekbones, hollow cheeks, jutting lower jaw, and tightly bunched muscles at the corners of the mouth make a strikingly realistic impression. Not realistic, however, are the king's supersized ears. Instead, they symbolize the ruler's willingness to hear the prayers of his people. If this image had been carved in relief, the king's hands would have been uplifted in worship. Here, however, to prevent the breakage of projecting limbs, the ruler's hands are pressed flat against the front of his kilt, a portion of which is looped over his belt.
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