Khefren Wearing the Red Crown

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Head of a small statue assumed to represent Khefren.

Head of a small statue assumed to represent Khefren.
Source: Ziegler e.a.,  Art Egyptien, p. 220.

This fragment of a statue, made of limestone and inlaid with copper, was found near the Valley Temple of the funerary complex of Khefren at Giza. The identification as being a statue of Khefren is based mainly on its archaeological context and, to a lesser degree, its stylistic features.

The king is represented wearing the Red Crown, associated with Lower Egypt. Particularly interesting is the fact that the contours of the eyes are made of inlaid copper, while the eyes themselves where inlaid with white and black stone, giving this statue a very unique expressiveness.
The area surrounding the nose and mouth is slightly weathered, but not too much, making it possible to compare this lovely statue to others of the same king.




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