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Head of a King, Amenhotep II (?)
c. 1439-1413 BC (18th Dynasty)
Red crystallised sandstone
H 21 cm
E 10896

This fine head belongs to a sphinx because the headdress (the royal "nemes") is raised up at the back. Over the forehead an erect cobra ("ureus") symbolises the pharaoh's powers to destroy the enemies of Egypt. Although the inscription is lost, the style of the face and particularly the eyes link it to artistic developments in royal sculpture around the first half of the 18th Dynasty.

 

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