- Museum number
Plaster face of Tutankhamun or his Queen: this face was cast from a single mould. Its rounded edges and uneven, lumpy back surface are typical results of a process in which liquid plaster is poured into an open mold. The face is symmetrical in structure and presents stylized forms. The surface texture of the cast is noticeably gritty and pitted. Stylistically, there is a restrained sensitivity and sweetly melancholic expression of the youthful face. It has a wing-shaped mouth, small chin, and slanted eyes below sharply accentuated brows.
Height: 25.50 centimetres (with base)
Height: 13 centimetres
Weight: 2 kilograms (with base)
Width: 12 centimetres (with base)
Width: 10.50 centimetres
Depth: 12 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This plaster face documents that the distinctive post-Amarna style that dominated the king's imagery began to evolve already during these last years of a royal presence at Amarna.
T. G. H. James, 'Two Egyptian Plastic Objects of the New Kingdom' in 'British Museum Quarterly' 19/1 (London, 1954), pp. 16-17;
'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006), 55, cat no. 13
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
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
2008/9 Oct-Feb, Geneva, Musee d'art et d'histoire, Akhenaten.
2009 Feb-Jun, Turin, Palazzo Bricherasio, Akhenaten
- fair (worn)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Formerly part of the von Bissing collection, purchased from an Egyptian peasant ['fellah'] at Amarna; then exhibited in Amsterdam and Stockholm prior to acquisition by the BM.
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number