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What is your favourite Ancient Egyptian statue?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:13 pm    Post subject: What is your favourite Ancient Egyptian statue? Reply with quote

I wanted to lighten things up a little. The winter is here again and i am sure those of us not in Egypt would agree that it's a bit nippy. So warm up those little grey cells and fingertips.

I will allow only one statue per person (there's plenty to go round) and i want to know YOUR favourite. If you don't have one, then i will allow you as much as you need to go and find one... Laughing Or you could just agree with someone else, of course.

Anyone posting more than one statue will been deemed to be a "little rascal" and will receive a mild Chinese burn and a paper- cut, so be warned.

For me (back to reality), it has to be this beautiful statue of Thutmose III in the Luxor Museum:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is my absolute favorite, I even have a small copy in biscuit of it, With surprisingly much detail like the original.

I find it one of the finest pieces ever made of Ramses II



http://www.flickr.com/photos/37409770@N00/488499557
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranoferhotep wrote:
This is my absolute favorite, I even have a small copy in biscuit of it, With surprisingly much detail like the original.

I find it one of the finest pieces ever made of Ramses II



http://www.flickr.com/photos/37409770@N00/488499557


Lovely statue, Ranoferhotep. Where is it today?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i believe it's in the turin museum.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i believe it's in the turin museum.


Indeed it is now in the museum of Turin. If you click on the link beneath the picture you get some more information about the statue and you can see it also in front view. Apparently it has some influences from the Amarna period, which would mean it probably dates from the beginning of his reign.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who is this little girl depicted next to the king?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranoferhotep wrote:
kylejustin wrote:
i believe it's in the turin museum.


Indeed it is now in the museum of Turin. If you click on the link beneath the picture you get some more information about the statue and you can see it also in front view. Apparently it has some influences from the Amarna period, which would mean it probably dates from the beginning of his reign.


Thanks I missed that....

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Who is this little girl depicted next to the king?


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Left and right of the kingís legs, on a smaller scale and according to their relative importance, are the figures of Queen Nefertari


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are just too many choices to hone in on one in particular.
One of my favorites, though, is the smaller statue, attributed to Akhenaton, Smenkhara or Tutankhamen--the cartouch it has is more or less unreadable.
The detail work is outstanding for its size. (about 16" tall)
It is made from a highly-polished stone, golden in color. (I'm not sure which stone it is)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Stuart,

My favorite, is the magnificent dark red quarzite statue of Amenhotep III on a sledge.
According to Kozloff and Bryan the iconography of the statue is intended to associate Amenhotep III with the sun gods of Heliopolis. The choice of the red stone is itself an indicator of this solar devotion.The color of the stone on this statue is coupled with the row of solar uraei decorating the king's kilt apron. This kilt feature has been identified as an introduction only after the king celebrated his first jubilee assuring us, of a late date for the statue. The king standing on a base upon a sledge is unique in colossal stone statuary.
Some parts of the statue, such as the kings crown, his broad collar, armlets, bracelets and sandals were originally overlaid with gold leaf, remains of which were still visibly upon discovery.
This statue was probably the focus of the cult of the deified Amenhotep III in the Luxor temple
(Luxor museum of Art, J 838)



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Styler78 wrote:
Hathorhotep wrote:
Who is this little girl depicted next to the king?


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Left and right of the kingís legs, on a smaller scale and according to their relative importance, are the figures of Queen Nefertari


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Hi Stuart, I canít find a good front view picture on line of it, but I believe when standing in front on the left Queen Nefertari and on the right his eldest son Chaemwaset.

concerning "relative importance" Donít you think that is a bit of an understatement. Nefertari is one of the few queens who had her own temple dedicated to her, the so called temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel, and has the most elaborate tomb ever made for a queen. Chaemwaset was crown prince and heir to the throne. I would say that they were after Ramses II, the two most important and influential people of A.E. at their time.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adoro o Sheikh El-Beled (Kaaper)




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourite is the statue of Ramses inside the main courtyard at the Karnak temple. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for sharing your favourites.

So far we have a good range of statues.

Osiris II, could you provide a link for the Smenkhare (etc) statue. I am not sure which one you mean.

Rozette- good to hear from you. I hope your are well. I have never seen your statue before, but its great. Also it seems that it could have been a very important icon too.

Ranoferhotep- You are most probably correct (in respect to the RII statue). I was lazily quoting from the site link. I trust your judgement.

Robson- The Ka-Aper statue was one of the first i read about when starting out in Ancient Egypt. Beautifully preserved too.

Axenabdw - good choice indeed. Having seen it up close i see immediately why it would be a favourite.

Please keep them coming. I appreciate all your input,

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed nice contributions.

Stuart, canít we give a queen also? All of us have chosen a male statue
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