Face of Amunhotep II
Red granite, 12 5/16 x 8 3/8 in. (31.3 x 21.2 cm)
New Kingdom, Dyn. 18, ca. 1426-1400 B.C.
Provenance not known
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, Brooklyn #56.7
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016

From the info card:
"The faces on most statues of Amunhotep II differ slightly from those of his two immediate predecessors. Compared with the sculptures of Thutmose III and Hatshepsut exhibited nearby, for example, this statue's face is a little longer, the eyes somewhat narrower, the brows a bit straighter, the nose slightly thicker, and the mouth less curved. Each change is minute, but together they create a distinctive, recognizable image of Amunhotep II. This face is not a portrait, but an official image conceived by the chief royal sculptors to communicate the ideal physical appearance of Amunhotep II. The Egyptians believed that reality was momentary and thus, within the context of eternity, meaningless. Only an ideal representation would endure forever."


Amunhotep's cartouches (from Budge dictionary)

"Amenhotep II's reign was a pivotal one in the early New Kingdom", for during his twenty six year reign, he "had military successes in the Levant, brought peace to Egypt together with its economic rewards, and faithfully expanded the monuments to the gods." (_The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt_, edited by Ian Shaw, page 249)

He also "built mightily", mostly in the Theban area, but also the construction included "a small temple to Thoth at El Kab (later modified and enlarged by Ramesses II), inscribed blocks and a pair of obelisks from the island of Elephantine, a barque shrine at Todd for the god Montu, built by Thutmose III and restored or finished by Amenhotep II, and additions to the temple of Set at Ombos." (_The Encyclopedia of the Egyptian Pharaohs_, by Darrell D. Baker, page 42)