A Granite Head of a King, late 18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun/Horemhab, 1332-1292 B.C.
Private collection, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, collected in the 1950s, perhaps in France
Mitchell's Fine Arts, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1965
Edward Black, Detroit
For royal sculpture which is closely related to the present example compare the kneeling figure of King Horemhab offering vases before the god Atum in the Luxor Museum, the statue of Horemhab and his god in the Egyptian Museum, Turin (Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, Tutankhamen, London, 1963, p. 183), and especially the statue of Tutankhamun presenting offerings in the British Museum (Eternal Egypt, Edna R. Russmann, ed., Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2001, cat no. 63, pp. 148-149); this statue was later inscribed for Horemhab. The difficulty in identifying royal portraits during the late 18th Dynasty of Egypt is in part because Horemhab “so thoroughly usurped the sculpture of his two predecessors that his own royal likeness – if indeed one was developed for him – is obscure” (Russmann, Egyptian Sculpture, Cairo and Luxor, pp. 141-142).
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