Sculpture of a Pharaoh’s Head
Ancient Egyptian (3100BC-300BC approx.)
Donated By: Decker Foundation
This Ancient Egyptian sculpture dates from around 1200BC and is sculpted from granite. Though the left side of the head is severely chipped and the object is worn by time and weather, we know the subject of the statue is a pharaoh by his distinctive headdress.
Pharaohs (kings of Egypt) were often believed to be the direct descendants of the sun god Ra.
Did you know? Not every Pharaoh in Egyptian history was ethnically “Egyptian”; the Ptolemies (including Cleopatra) were of Macedonian origin.
While the majority of cultures in the Near East, Southern Europe, and Northern Africa were constantly changing, the conventions of Egyptian art and imagery remained largely unchanged for three thousand years.
Check out this resource from the British Museum, which has readers decipher texts and symbols of the pharaoh.