Colossal head possibly of King Khufu, who became Egypt’s best known pyramid builder, responsible for the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Granite is extremely hard, but the sculptor of this statue was able to give the king’s plump face and small features a softly natural quality, perhaps suggesting the subject’s actual appearance rather than an idealized version. Originally, this fragment surmounted an oversize figure, achieving the same monumental quality as the pyramids being built at this time.
Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2613-2494 BC. Now in the Brooklyn Museum. 46.167