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Head and shoulders from a colossus of Ramesses II

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Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great, ruled for sixty-seven years. Early in his reign he distinguished himself in battle, but he is best known as having been a builder and patron of the arts. Innumerable buildings and statues, such as his mortuary temple in western Thebes (the...

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From Bubastis, great temple of Bastet. 1887–88: excavated by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund; awarded to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; April 12, 1888, presented to the MFA at the Sixth Annual General Meeting of the Egypt Exploration Fund, through the Reverend W. C. Winslow. (Accession date: April 12, 1889)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Ramesses II, 1279–1213 B.C.


Bubastis, Egypt

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Bubastis, Egypt


Overall: 137 x 100.3 cm, 2041.2 kg, 82.6 cm (53 15/16 x 39 1/2 in., 4500 lb., 32 1/2 in.) Mount: 152.4 x 82.9 cm (60 x 32 5/8 in.) Block (wooden skirt (4-sides+2 top half-decks)): 163.2 x 103.5 cm (64 1/4 x 40 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World