Royal Head



Royal Head




1837-1760 BC


late Middle Kingdom


4 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (11.8 x 4.4 x 7.3 cm)

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This small head exemplifies the dour introspection typical of Middle Kingdom royal portraits. The large ears associate this head with depictions of the pharaohs Senwosret and Amenemhat. He wears a royal uraeus cobra at the front of the bulbous crown of Upper Egypt. The crown is supported by a back pillar. It would have joined a throne upon which the king would have sat, arms crossed in the pose of Osiris. The cult of Osiris was coming to the forefront in the Middle Kingdom and there are a number of small sculptures depicting kings of late Dynasty 12 and Dynasty 13 in this pose. Perhaps further research will enable us to join this head to a body and identify which king it represents.

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Gift of the Morgens West Foundation


From Pharaohs to Emperors: New Egyptian and Classical Antiquities at Emory, Michael C. Carlos Museum, January 14 - April 2, 2006|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, 2006 - Present
Peter Lacovara and Jasper Gaunt, "From Pharaohs to Emperors: Egyptian, Near Eastern & Classical Antiquities at Emory," Minerva 17 (January/February 2006): 9-16.


© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2006.
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