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Fragmentary granite upper body of a royal statue, the lower body and base now missing.
The king is depicted wearing the nemes headcloth, with long striped lappets which extend down the chest and the material tucked behind the ears. The horizontal band of the nemes is set low on the forehead and above this is the coiled body of the uraeus cobra, now headless. The chest of the figure is bare, with notable ridges at the breastbone area. He also wears a thick necklace which is smooth and does not appear to have any beaded detail or carry a pendant. The eyes of the figure are wide-set and narrow, with visibly sunken skin under the lower eyelid. The mouth is small with the lower lip slightly thicker than the upper lip, and the outer corners appear to be slightly downturned. The cheeks are fleshy and the face is rounded particularly at the jawline.
The statue is damaged in several areas with much of the left upper arm missing, damage to the outer edges of the nemes on both sides, and the nose and much of the left ear have been broken off. There are also numerous chips and repairs to the mouth area and the top of the nemes.
Height: 43 centimetres (including base)
Weight: 44 kilograms (including base)
Width: 38 centimetres
Depth: 22 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- As this statue lacks a surviving inscription, the identity of the king is unknown. Several stylistic features utilised in royal portraiture of the 12th Dynasty such as the visible signs of age were adopted by the following 13th Dynasty rulers, therefore the statue has been proposed to date to the early 13th Dynasty (Fay 1988; Russmann 2001).
The added detail of indicating the breastbone area is noted as less common for this era, with other known examples dating to the 12th Dynasty (detailed with examples in Russmann 2001). Comparable examples of similar depictions of the breastbone include a torso now in the Brooklyn Museum collection (68.178: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/3773).
The provenance of the statue is uncertain (though Budge 1922 describes it as originating from Thebes and dated to the 18th Dynasty).
S. Connor, 2009. ‘The Smiling Pharaoh of Budapest’, Bulletin du musée hongrois des Beaux-Arts 110-111, p. 61-62, n. 7.
B. Fay, 1988. ‘Amenemhat V-Vienna/Assuan’, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo 44, p. 74, n. 62.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006-2007 6 Oct-18 Feb, Tokyo, National Museum of Nature and Science, Mummy: The Inside Story
2007 17 Mar-17 Jun, Kobe City Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
2015-2016 4 Dec-27 Mar, Korea, Seoul Arts Centre, Human Image
2021 27 Apr – 15 Aug, Madrid, Caixa Forum, Human Image
- incomplete - head and upper torso only.
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- Egypt and Sudan
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