Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 

Description

A plaster cast of a head from a statue found at the Temple of Amun in Thebes, Egypt. Original housed in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy.

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Portrait bust

Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Egypt

Height (cm/in)

60.94 cm / 24 in

Width (cm/in)

58.42 cm / 23 in

Depth (cm/in)

40.64 cm / 16 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

The pharaoh wears the traditional headdress with raised cobra, known as the Uraeus symbol. He also wears a false ceremonial beard, which was tied around his head with a strap (you can see the chin strap in this cast). In the original statue, the pharaoh is shown kneeling, holding his arms outwards with a globe-shaped wine glass in each hand. A statue like this would have been placed in a temple, making the offering in order to appease the gods for all eternity.

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