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Head of Ramesses III

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This head of a king from a colossal statue wears the Upper Egyptian crown with uraeus.

Provenance

From Thebes, Karnak, Mut precinct, temple of Ramessess III, east statue. 1835: collected by John Lowell with permission of the Egyptian government (Lowell diary); 1875: given to the MFA by John A. Lowell and Miss Lowell. (Accession Date: March 18, 1875)

Credit Line

Gift of heirs of Francis Cabot Lowell

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, reign of Ramesses III, 1187–1156 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Thebes, Karnak, Mut precinct, temple of R, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 77.5 x 68 x 53.5 cm, 800 kg (30 1/2 x 26 3/4 x 21 1/16 in., 1763.7 lb.) Block (Rolling steel pedestal with four wheels / wooden skirts): 152.4 x 89.5 x 81.3 cm (60 x 35 1/4 x 32 in.)

Accession Number

75.10

Medium or Technique

Granite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture