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Colossal statuary group of Amenhotep III

Artefact Details

Gallery number: Central Hall – Ground Floor

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: 18th Dynasty, Reign of Amenhotep III (1390-1353 BC)

Size: Height: 700 cm, Width: 440 cm

Place of discovery: Thebes West – Temple of Amenhotep III

Material: Limestone

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This statuary group (dyad) found in pieces by Auguste Mariette in 1839 dominates the Central Hall and is the largest artifact in the entire museum and represents the pharaoh Amenhotep III sitting on his throne with Queen Tiy at his side and their daughters Henuttaneb (in central position), Nebetah and another princess without name in smaller scale. The king is depicted with the classic nemes headdress and the queen with an imposing wig.