Statue of Amenhotep III in the British Museum

Amenhotep III of the New Kingdom

Originally found at the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at Kom el-Hettan in Thebes in Upper Egypt, the Statue of Amenhotep III is housed in the British Museum in London, UK. The statue depicts Amenhotep III, who was a pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt, and is believed to have been created during his reign in the 14th century BC.

The statue is made of granodiorite. It measures at: 290 centimeters in height; 141 centimeters in length; and 83 centimeters in width.

It portrays the pharaoh in a seated position, with his hands resting on his knees and wearing the traditional attire of Egyptian royalty. The statue is highly detailed, with intricate carvings on the backrest and sides, including depictions of deities and inscriptions in hieroglyphics.

Discovered in pieces during excavations at the site in the early 19th century, the statue is considered to be one of the finest examples of Egyptian sculpture from the New Kingdom period and is highly regarded for its beauty and craftsmanship. It is also significant for its historical and cultural value, providing insight into the art and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt.

Many parts of several large statues from Pharaoh Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple are now housed in the British Museum.