Relief of Amunhotep I
Limestone, 13 1/2 x 8 x 1 1/4 in. (34.3 x 20.3 x 3.2 cm)
From Karnak, Egypt
New Kingdom, XVIII Dynasty, 1525-1504 B.C.E.
71.82 , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
(From the info card):|
"This raised relief shows Amunhotep I wearing a royal beard and the tall White Crown of Upper Egypt with a royal uraeus-cobra. The fragment comes from one of several chapels that Amunhotep I built within the Karnak Temple for the god Amun. These chapels imitate Middle Kingdom examples erected by Senwosret I of Dynasty 12, approximately four hundred years earlier. Certain features, however—including the curved iris of the eye, a long, curving nose with accentuated nostril, and a raised line around the corner of the mouth—typify Dynasty 18 style."
Amunhotep I continued the work of his father Ahmose, completing building plans and war campaigns, thereby improving the economy (via gold from the Nubian mines). He was a popular king, as he and his mother Ahmose-Nefertari were deified.