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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

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

Findspot

Bubastis, Egypt

Object Place for Label

Bubastis, Egypt

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

89.558

Medium or Technique

Granite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture