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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA3

  • Description

    Head and upper torso of monumental limestone statue of Amenhotep III wearing nemes.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 152.3 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    Published:
    PM II (2): p.452
    Apollo (Oct. 1978), p.228
    Le Pharaon-Soleil, Paris 1993, p. 98 [Fig.V.1].
    Nicholson and Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge 2000), p. 42;
    N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 152-3.Strudwick N 2006
    This uninscribed bust of a king wearing the nemes headdress has always been identified as Amenhotep III from its style and the fact that it was found in the area of his temple by Belzoni. Like Big Number EA 5, it is probably not one of the later products of the reign. The bust has been recently identified as one of the upper parts of a pair statue of Amenhotep III and queen Tiye, the lower part of which has now been re-erected in Merenptah's mortuary temple. Merenptah reused many blocks and statues from Amenhotep III's temple, which must have been in a state of decay a century and a half after the death of its founder.

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  • Bibliography

    • Müller 1988 IV pp. 9; 25; 33; 36; 155 bibliographic details
    • James & Davies 1983 p. 36 fig. 42 bibliographic details
    • Vandersleyen 1987 p. 5 bibliographic details
    • Bryan 1992 pp. 125 fig V.1; 146 ref. 82; 469 table 4a; 472 table 5 bibliographic details
    • Bryan 1993 pp. 403, table 4a; 406, table 5 bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 pp.151-155 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G4/CSE

  • Condition

    incomplete - lower part lost

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1823

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA3

  • Registration number

    .3

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.30 (Birch Slip Number also used as registration number in Budge, Sculpture Guide’; [30] still on object)

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