What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by



  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • 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

    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.


  • 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


  • Condition

    incomplete - lower part lost

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

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


If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: YCA69290

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help