Granite Head of a King


Granite head of an unnamed king.
Source: Ziegler e.a., L'art Egyptien, pp. 182 - 183.

This colossal granite head of 54.3 cm high has been tentatively credited to Kheops by some Egyptologists. There is, however, no inscription that can confirm this identification, and the fact that its provenance is unknown does not help in identifying this statue. 

Based on stylistic criteria, it can be dated to somewhere around the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th Dynasty. It has sometimes been credited to Huni, the last king of the 3rd Dynasty.
The narrow eyes, broad nose and large mouth, however, are thought to resemble the facial features of the only known statue of Kheops that bears his titulary.

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