Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

While it is quiet I thought I would add a photo of a head of Tutankhamun from the Musee des Royaux d'Arts in Brussels. 

(Photo:  © Kate Phizackerley, 2012)


Stephanie said...

Tanks for that one, Kate. Did you take the photo when you were there or did you get it from their website?
Anyway, it inspired me to check out the museum`s website and there I found among the "masterpieces" a very interesting head assigned to Akhenaten here

It is very small and certainly resembles Akhenaten but it displays surprisingly regular and pleasant features, espacially when you compare it to the recently discussed head of Nefertiti/Akhenaten.

Could it be the "real" Akhenaten? Or maybe Smenkhkare?

Kate Phizackerley said...

Yes Stephanie - it's my photo.

I've added another one of Akhenaten. Is that the one you mean? (Hard as behind glass and I only had the little point and shoot with me.)

PS I also added some photos of New Kingdom Jewellery on Egyptological.

Stephanie said...

Yes, that`s the one. Thanks for this one too.
Having seen your picture I must admit that the chin really is quite Akhenaten-like. The picture I had spotted on the museum website did not show the whole chin and there was no way to scroll down.

Is this little head supposed to come from a shabti?

I wonder why the eyes in these little figurines are somehow not worked out properly whereas all the other facial features and even the eyebrows are.
The shape of the eyes can hardly be made out and what can be seen seems to show half-closed eyes.

Roger Hubert said...

One might look at some of these stone faces as having been painted originally. Imagine the eyes outlined, as in the painted bust of Nefertiti in Berlin, or as some Amarna specimens, with simple red outlines only). You can superimpose on this Akhenaten photo a similar eye-shaped outline over the highest ridge of upper eyelid, and then bring the outline through the innermost concave bottom of eye socket. To carve a hard-beveled eye edge in stone, especially in a quite small stone figure, could leave a less sensitive eye.
If one draws an eye-shaped outline on computer screen over this Akhenaten photo, the eyelids won't look so "half-closed". We can again look at the full upper eyelids of Nefertiti, and see the lids might look heavy, were it not for the painted black outline.
Fun to speculate on these superb portrait faces peering back at us. Try superimposing an eye outline on the quartzite bust identified as possibly Nefertiti in Kate's blog here posted June 2nd. That face, when eyes are outlined, defines its gaze. Not that such sculptures were always painted, or outlines re-applied once finished, but this visual outlining might help give us another way to "read" the 3-dimensional mastery of these delicate sculptures.


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