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Statue of Thutmose III

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Medamud, Temple of Montu, Doorway, originally, Daninos excavations, 1914
Restored H. 299.7 cm (118 in.); w. 36.8 cm (14 1/2 in.); d. 106.7 cm (42 in.) Weight 7000 lbs. (1981)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1914
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
This colossal statue of Thutmose III wearing the white crown was excavated at the temple of the solar god and god of warfare, Montu, at Medamud, the ancient Madu. The king is represented in a pose of adoration and an inscription on the back pillar describes him as "beloved of Montu, Lord of Madu." For centuries, the statue was lying in the ground on its left side, causing deterioration there. But enough remains on the right to demonstrate that it was a major work of sculpture in the mature style prevalent during the later years of the great king's reign.
Excavations of Daninos Pasha at Medamud, 1914. Acquired by Daninos in the division of finds. Purchased from Daninos in 1914.

Hibbard, Howard 1980. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harper & Row, 44, fig. 83.

Hill, Marsha and Deborah Schorsch 2005. "The Gulbenkian Torso of King Pedubaste: Investigations into Egyptian Large Bronze Statuary." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 40, c.f. p. 194–5, n. 153.

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