Relief of a king before Amen

Nubian
Napatan Period
760–660 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width: 35.5 x 60 cm (14 x 23 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1984.136

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

Sandstone block with relief decoration portraying a Kushite king, (left) lifting his hand in a gesture of greeting, before Amun (right). The king wears a crown similar to that of the god, but crested with a pair of ram’s horns and a disk, and fitted with another pair of ram’s horns behind the ears, which indicate his status as the sun of Amun. Amun here is shown in human form, but he is usually represented with a ram’s head, or simply as a ram.

Provenance

Possibly from Kawa. By 1978, with a Paris dealer. March 1, 1984, anonymous ("other properties") sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet (auction 5154), New York, lot 162, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 11, 1984)

Credit Line

Egyptian Special Purchase Fund and William Stevenson Smith Fund