Relief of a king before Amen

Napatan Period
760–660 B.C.


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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