Head and upper torso of monumental limestone statue of Amenhotep III wearing nemes.
- Excavated/Findspot: Temple of Amenhotep III, Birch indicates it was found between the Memnonium and Medinet Habu. Probably was found in the Merenptah temple, where the lower part still is.
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Temple of Amenhotep III (Thebes))
- Height: 152.3 centimetres (max)
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.
incomplete - lower part lost
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- BS.30 (Also so numbered in Budge, Sculpture Guide;  still on object)
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Object reference number: YCA69290
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