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Colossal Seated Statue of Amenhotep III, Reinscribed by Merneptah

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Luxor, Luxor Temple, Eastern Portal
Medium:
Porphyritic diorite
Dimensions:
H. 228 cm (89 3/4 in) W. of base 58.4 cm (23 in); d. 123.2 cm (48 1/2 in) Weight 2766.9 kg (6100 lbs)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, by exchange, 1922
Accession Number:
22.5.2
  • Description

    Colossi of Amenhotep III
    Dynasty 18 (ca. 1390-1353 B.C.)
    From Thebes, Temple of Luxor
    Porphyritic diorite

    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, by exchange, 1922
    22.5.1-.2

    These two colossi of Amenhotep III, whose distinctive facial traits are still recognizable despite their damaged state, once adorned the temple he built to Amen-Re at Luxor in Thebes. Like so many Dynasty 18 monuments, these statues were usurped by Merneptah (ca. 1213-1203 B.C.), who had the statues moved from their original location to the eastern portal of the temple. Merneptah's deeply incised titulary contrasts with the restrained carving of the sema tawy ("Unification of the Two Lands") motif on both sides of the throne of the larger colossus. While the broad, flat planes and bold proportions are typical of Egyptian architectural statuary, these pieces are distinguished by the quality of sculptural details, such as the rendering of facial features and of elements of dress.

  • Provenance

    Received in 1922 from the Egyptian Government in exchange for antiquities from the Museums share of finds made during the 1920-22 Excavations.

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