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Torso of King Achoris

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This magnificent sculpture fragment, one of few inscribed for King Achoris, is a wonderful combination of old and new. Enough remains of the torso and legs to show that the king was represented in the traditional striding pose for men, left foot forward, arms at his sides. What is new is the...

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Provenance

Perhaps Heliopolis (el-Matariya), via Alexandria. With 29.728, 29.729, 29.731, 29.733: purchased at the Customs House in New Orleans during the Civil War (1861-65) by Mr. J. M. G. Parker of Lowell, Massachusetts ("Somebody got them in Egypt and was bringing them into this country, and the officials seized them. My grandfather was postmaster there at the time, and with the help of my cousin, the late Gen. B. F. Butler, bought them at a very low price. When the war was over he brought them to his home on Tenth Street, Lowell, and had them placed on the front lawn around the piazza, where they have been ever since," Edward A. Tuck to J. R. Coolidge, March 29, 1906); by descent to Parker Tuck; February 7, 1929: purchased by the MFA from Parker Tuck for $1500.* (Accession date: February 7, 1929) Price includes 29.728-29.733.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 29, reign of Achoris, 393–381 B.C.

Findspot

Perhaps Heliopolis, Egypt

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Dimensions

Overall: 111 cm, 315.7 kg (43 11/16 in., 696 lb.) Case (Object bolted to wooden pedestal): 107.6 x 59.7 x 59.7 cm (42 3/8 x 23 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

29.732

Medium or Technique

Granodiorite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture