Head of Ankhkhonsu

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt, Possibly from Karnak

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 19.5 x 18.5 x 15 cm (7 11/16 x 7 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

04.1841

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

On View

Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Two basic trends may be distinguished in Late Period portraiture: idealizing and nonidealizing. They existed side by side. The subjects of idealizing portraits appear youthful, while nonidealizing portraits show them as mature or even aged. The beautifully carved head of Ankhkhonsu exemplifies the idealizing approach in Late Period sculpture. The face is youthful and serene, without line or blemish. The nose, which is preserved intact, is fine and straight. After being identified in 1979 as belonging with one of the headless block statues in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, the inscriptions on the statue provided the subject’s name, Ankhkhonsu.

Provenance

Probably from Karnak. 1903: purchased in Luxor by Albert M. Lythgoe for the MFA. The body (Cairo JE 37997) was discovered in 1905 in the Karnak Cachette.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund