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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Tutankhamun Wearing the Blue Crown
Title Type: Object name
View: Sie View
Creation Start Date: -133
Creation End Date: -132
Creation Date: ca. 1336-27 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Statues
Materials and Techniques: Indurated limestone
Dimensions: H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 50.6
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1950
This head is a fragment from a statue group that represented the god Amun seated on a throne and Tutankhamun standing or kneeling in front of him. The king's figure was considerably smaller than that of the god, indicating his subordinate status in the presence of the deity. All that remains of Amun is his right hand, which touches the back of the king's crown in a gesture that signifies Tutankhamun's investiture as king. During coronation rituals, various types of crowns were put on the king's head. The type represented here-probably a leather helmet with metal disks sewn onto it-was generally painted blue, and is commonly called the 'blue crown.' The ancient name was khepresh.
Statue groups showing a king together with gods had been created since the Old Kingdom, and formal groups relating to the pharaoh's coronation were dedicated at Karnak by Hatshepsut and other rulers of Dynasty 18. The Metropolitan's head of Tutankhamun with the hand of Amun is special because of the intimacy with which the subject is treated. The face of the king expresses a touching youthful earnestness, and the hand of the god is raised toward his crown with gentle care.
AMICA ID: MMA_.50.6
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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