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British Museum, London. ). 5 cm. The Egyptian National Museum, Cairo. Quartzite, height: 117 x 81 x 66 cm. The British Museum, London. This sculpture is part of one of the largest statues in the Thebes funerary temple of Amenhotep after the nearby Colossi of Memnon. He is shown wearing the red crown and is made from a special brown quartzite, both attributes coming from Lower Egypt. The eyes are more polished than around the lines of the mouth while the beard and the eyebrows remain completely unpolished, which in turn makes them stand out from the face.
Marble, height: 177 cm. Acropolis Museum, Athens. Paros marble, height: 118 cm. Acropolis Museum, Athens. E. Polychrome terracotta, clay, slip, paint, modelling and moulding, 111 x 194 x 69 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris. During this epoch terracotta was one of the preferred materials in the sculpture workshops in this region and was used to make funerary monuments and architectural decorations. The ductility of the clay offered these artisans numerous possibilities, compensating for the lack of stone suitable in southern Etruria.
The Egyptian National Museum, Cairo. 5 cm. The Egyptian National Museum, Cairo. 3 cm, weight: 11kg. The Egyptian National Museum, Cairo. It was made to cover the mummy of the pharaoh after he died and is an approximation of the physical appearance of the king, notably the narrow eyes, fleshy lips and the shape of his chin which are all in accordance with his mummy though the image in its entirety is most likely, to an extent, idealized. The stripes of the nemes on the headdress and the false inlaid beard are made of blue imitation lapis lazuli.