Fragment of a Royal Statue

Date: 1700–1650 B.C.
Medium: granodiorite
Dimensions: 23 × 24 × 14 cm
Type: sculpture
Inventory number: 51.2049
Collection: Egyptian Art

This royal portrait is the broken off upper part – in effect the bust – of a statue of a king seated on a throne. For a long time it was believed to be the portrait of Amememhat III (Dynasty XII, 19th century B.C.), but recent critical analysis of style dated the piece to some generations later. A more exact dating would only be possible if the rest of the statue and the inscriptions were available.

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