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Head and Shoulders above the Rest

Ramesses II – British Museum

 

This is part of a seated statue which was part of a pair in the King's Mortuary Temple at Ramesseum, Thebes.

It dates from the 19th Dynasty, circa 1270 BC.

 

The granite is naturally two toned and was worked to differentiate between the head and the body.

 

The hole in the chest is thought to have been made during Napoleon's Expedition (1798 AD) when attempting to remove the statue.

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Taken on September 7, 2011