Colossal Statue of Tutankhamun

TutankhamunNew Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1332-1323 BC

Oriental Institute Museum

Oriental Institute Museum
Chicago, United States

This colossal statue of king Tutankhamun was erected as part of a pair that once stood in the mortuary temple of Horemheb at Medinet Habu where they were discovered and excavated in 1930-31 by Uvo Hölscher, director of the Oriental Institute expedition to Medinet Habu. Portions of this statue have been restored based on the more complete twin that remained in Egypt. Inscriptions on the back pillar name Horemheb, but it is clear that the royal name had been usurped from his predecessors and the statue has been attributed to Tutankhamun based primarily on the facial features and artistic style. The king wears the royal nemes-head-cloth upon which sits the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.

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  • Title: Colossal Statue of Tutankhamun
  • Creator: Tutankhamun
  • Date Created: New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1332-1323 BC
  • Physical Location: Chicago, IL
  • Location Created: Medinet Habu, Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 17ft 3 inches
  • Provenance: Acquired by the Oriental Institute Excavations at Medinet Habu in 1933
  • Type: Statue
  • Rights: © Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • External Link: Oriental Institute, OIM E14088, D. 15824
  • Medium: Quartzite
  • Photograph Registration Number: D. 15824
  • Object Registration Number: OIM E14088