Bust of Ramesses III

New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, reign of Ramesses III
1187–1156 B.C.


Height: 46 cm (18 1/8 in.) (18 3/4" Mounted) Weight: 61 KG ( 136 LBS )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Red granite. Head and shoulders. Klaft and uraeus. Horus name on back. support. Cartouche on each shoulder.


With 29.728, 29.729, 29.731, 29.732: purchased at the Customs House in New Orleans during the Civil War (1861-65) by Mr. J. M. G. Parker of Lowell, Massachusetts ("Somebody got them in Egypt and was bringing them into this country, and the officials seized them. My grandfather was postmaster there at the time, and with the help of my cousin, the late Gen. B. F. Butler, bought them at a very low price. When the war was over he brought them to his home on Tenth Street, Lowell, and had them placed on the front lawn around the piazza, where they have been ever since," Edward A. Tuck to J. R. Coolidge, March 29, 1906); by descent to Parker Tuck; October 24, 1927: lent to MFA by Parker Tuck: February 7, 1929: purchased by the MFA from Parker Tuck for $1500.*

(Accession date: February 7, 1929)

*Price includes 29.728-29.733.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund