Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 
Head from a Grouping in the Temple of Amun

Title

Head from a Grouping in the Temple of Amun

Description

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

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Statue

Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Egypt

Height (cm/in)

53.34 cm / 21 in

Width (cm/in)

38.1 cm / 15 in

Depth (cm/in)

27.94 cm / 11 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

This is the head of a pharaoh from a figure grouping found in the Temple of Amun in Thebes. The pharaoh depicted is sometimes identified as Tutankhamun, sometimes as Horemheb, the general that ruled after Tutankhamun. Amun is the ancient Egyptian god of sun and air, also known as the king of the gods through his association with the powerful sun god Ra. In the original figure grouping, now located at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, the pharaoh (wearing traditional headdress, false beard, and loincloth) stands behind the seated god Amun, who is depicted in a much larger scale than the pharaoh. Although this is an image of the pharaoh, it cannot be considered a portrait, due to the fact that Egyptians had a style of visual interpretation used a strict canon of proportions to create an idealized face.

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