Head of Amenhotep II

New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, reign of Amenhotep II (1426-1400 B.C.)
Material and technique: 
Green basalt
Inv. MB 19

In this very fine piece, the ruler is wearing the White Crown that symbolizes Upper Egypt; on the front is the uraeus, the image of the sacred asp, symbol of sovereignty. This head comes from a small statue of the Dynasty XVIII pharaoh seated on a throne and dressed for the Sed (the royal jubilee), his hands crossed over his chest, holding a scourge and a curved scepter (the heqa).

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Nearly all the reliefs in the Barracco Museum’s collection belong to the funerary sphere. 
They come from a type of tomb, the mastaba (from the Arabic word for bench), which was especially characteristic of Old Kingdom necropolises.