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Colossal granodiorite head of Amenemhat III: his face is broader; the eyes, which would originally have been inlaid, are widely spaced and not heavily hooded. The lips are full. Diagonal muscles under the lower lip suggest tension in the heavy jaw. His expression is sombre, but it seems harsh, even brutal.
- 1854BC-1808BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Tell Basta, Temple, east side
- (Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Tell Basta (Bubastis))
- Height: 83 centimetres
- Width: 82 centimetres
- Depth: 69 centimetres
- Weight: 1000 kilograms (Estimated)
- Height: 12 centimetres (Fixed stone base)
- Width: 55.5 centimetres (Fixed stone base)
- Depth: 55.5 centimetres (Fixed stone base)
Lower part is 1889,0413.2. (EA 1064)
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' IV (Oxford, 1934), p. 28;
E. Naville, 'Bubastis, 1887-1889' (London, 1891), pls. I, X;
'Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt' [exhibition catalogue] (Japan, 1999-2000), No 2; H. G. Evers, ‘Staat aus dem Stein’ 2 vols. (Munich, 1929), pls. 115-116;
'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006), 45, cat no. 4;
'British Museum Occasional Paper' 28, p.19, 20;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 92-3.
Not on display
Exhibited: 1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.48 1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.48 1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.48 2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs 2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs 2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs 2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs
2015-2016 5th Oct - 24th Jan. New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Middle Kingdom.
incomplete - head only
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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