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Statue of Amenhotep I (Djeserkara, ruled 1525-1504 BC), Sandstone, plaster, paint.  New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty.
 
The inscription identifies this king as Amenhotep I (around 1575 - 1504 BC), seated on a throne with a rectangular pedestal. He wears the white crown with uraeus at the forehead, the royal beard, and the heb-sed or jubilee dress - a cloak enveloping most of his body. His arms are crossed, the right hand holds a crook, the left a flail. The figure is thick-set with big feet and an enormous oval head, with full, rounded cheeks and jowls. It was painted; substantial traces of red pigment remain on the body and white plaster survives elsewhere.
 
This statue was set up in the main temple of the fortified town established by Amenhotep I's predecessor Ahmose (Nebpehtyra, ruled 1550 - 1525 BC), on the island of Sai, which during this period was effectively Egypt's southern border. It was probably produced in a local workshop, which would explain the disproportionately large head of Amenhotep I and his rather bulbous face, which are not found in the few other sculptures identified as his to date.
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