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The Young King Amen-em-hat III

Unknown artist-1839/-1792

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Copenhagen V, Denmark

The Black Head of a King demonstrates what Egyptian artists were capable of achieving at their best. The head has been broken off a statue representing the pharaoh Amen-em-hat III (1842-1795 BC). The ancient Egyptians tended to represent their kings as gods, but in Amen-em-hat’s time the human personality was allowed to come through. What we see here may be one of the world’s first portraits.

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