Description King Amenhotep III carried out a number of large-scale architectural and sculptural programs during his long reign (1388-1348 BC). Ramesses II, a king of the succeeding 19th Dynasty, much admired his predecessor's accomplishments and set out to copy them. At times, he simply usurped or recarved Amenhotep III's works, as in the case of this statue. The khepresh, or "blue crown," appears frequently in royal sculpture of the New Kingdom. The king wore this crown on campaigns or in ceremonial processions. As with all royal headdresses, the coiled, protective uraeus serpent appears at the brow.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Upper Egypt]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923
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