Sketch of a King

A work made of limestone and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone and pigment.

Date:

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19–20 (about 1295–1069 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Egyptian artists often made sketches on flakes of limestone, called ostraca. This example shows how the preliminary outline was done in red pigment, then corrected, and finished in black. Often these sketches were the work of two craftsmen, a draftsman and a master artist. This ostracon shows a king wearing a crown with streamers and a pleated kilt. He leans on a standard topped with the ram-headed emblem of the god Amun.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Sketch of a King

Origin

Egypt

Date

1295 BC–1069 BC

Medium

Limestone and pigment

Dimensions

24.1 × 15.2 × 3.2 cm (9 1/2 × 6 × 1 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.255

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