Limestone Head of a King

Although this small limestone head has been catalogued by the Berlin Museum since 1899, its provenance is unknown. It is not inscribed, but its facial characteristics have led researchers to believe that it represents Kheops.

Limestone head of a king, believed to be Kheops.

Limestone head of a king, believed to be Kheops.
Source: Schulz - Seidel e.a., Egypte. Het land van de farao's, p. 76


From the uraeus on the brow, it is clear that this is indeed a royal figure. The wig, with curly hair, is rather unusual for this period, but this may be due to the fact that not many royal statues of this period have survived to date. 

The long, narrow eyes, the broad, be it somewhat damaged nose and the wide mouth are all somewhat reminiscent of the facial characteristics of the small ivory statue of Kheops, leading to the current, tentative identification of this fragment.


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