Fragment of a Granite Head of a Pharaoh

Culture: Egyptian
Period: New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, 1388-1292 B.C.
Material: Granite
Dimensions: 9.4 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1409
Provenance: Merrin Gallery, New York, 1980s. Thence in a New York private collection.
Condition: Head of the uraeus snake missing, wear on tip of the nose and chin, otherwise the fragment is of excellent quality.
Description: Very finely worked out granite fragment of a face of a pharaoh. The mouth with a prominent lip bar is formed to a smile. Above the philtrum. The eyebrows are elongated, below the typical cosmetic line. The almond-shaped eyes with soft lids, the fissures tilting towards the nose. The nose is elegant and slightly stubby, which is common for the depiction of Amenophis III. The pharaoh wears a striped Nemes with uraeus on the forehead, the symbol of kings. On a heavy metal base.