Cult Statue of King Amenhotep I

King Amenhotep I was celebrated as the founder of the village of Deir el-Medina and divinized by the inhabitants of the settlement. This is why he is depicted as a divine figure in this statue. The statue is carved in limestone so pure and clear that it seems painted. It is an extremely pure and homogeneous limestone that lends itself particularly to the art of sculpture and being painted, as can be seen from the headgear and hieroglyphs.

Cult Statue of King Amenhotep I
Cult Statue of King Amenhotep I
Cult Statue of King Amenhotep I
Cult Statue of King Amenhotep I

New Kingdom, early 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep I, ca. 1525-1504 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. Cat. 1372

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