Quartzite Head of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III
This Quartzite head of Amenhotep III has been carved with expert care. The eyeballs noticeably angled back from the top to the bottom lid so that they appear to look down at the viewer. The finishing polish was deliberately varied, from a glittering smoothness on the facial surfaces to less finish on the mouth and eyes, to quite rough surfaces on the brows. Amenhotep is shown with youthful-looking cheeks, broad, long, and somewhat narrow eyes and the lower lip which curves up to the open corners of the mouth, to produce the effect of a slight smile.
Amenhotep III was the ninth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty, ruling Egypt from approximately 1386 to 1349 BC. His reign was a period of prosperity and artistic splendour when Egypt reached the peak of its creative and international power. When he died in the 38th or 39th year of his reign, his son initially ruled as Amenhotep IV, but then changed his own royal name to Akhenaten.
Amenhotep III has the most surviving statues of any Egyptian pharaoh, with over 250 figures having been discovered and identified. Since these statues span his entire life, they provide a series of portraits covering the whole length of his reign. For more detailed insights explore our “MYSTERIES & TREASURES of the BRITISH MUSEUM” (E-book).
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