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Fragment of a Royal Statue

Date: 1700–1650 B.C.
Medium: grano-diorite
Dimensions: 23 x 12 cm
Classification: sculpture
Acquisition Credit: Transfer from the Hungarian National Museum, 1934
Inventory Number: 51.2049
Department: Egyptian Art

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Fragment of a Royal Statue

This royal portrait is the broken off upper part – in effect the bust – of a statue of a king seated on a throne. For a long time it was believed to be the portrait of Amememhat III (Dynasty XII, 19th century B.C.), but recent critical analysis of style dated the piece to some generations later. A more exact dating would only be possible if the rest of the statue and the inscriptions were available.