Head of Ankhkhonsu

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Possibly from Karnak


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.)

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On View

Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)


The Ancient World



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.


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