Head of Amenhotep III (?)
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
Object Place: Notes: Egypt
Height x width: 4 x 3 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)
Head of limestone statuette of an aged king wearing the blue crown, possibly Amenhotep III; surface is dark brown; broken at neck; nose and ears battered. Possibly made under his son and successor, Amenhotep IV. Traces of gilt detected on forehead band and near one ear; faint hints of reddish pigment on face.
This limestone head still has slight traces of red pigment on the neck and ears, and of gilding on the band of the crown. It appears to be one of a small group of statuettes and reliefs representing the king in old age, and may have been made during the reign of his son, Akhenaten.
By 1909: purchased in Egypt by Joseph Lindon Smith; 1909: on loan to the MFA; 1911: purchased by the MFA through funds provided by Mary S. Ames.
(Accession date: August 3, 1911)
Gift of Miss Mary S. Ames