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New Kingdom and Late Period Art






Learn about the lives of royalty during the New Kingdom and Late Period through their statues, busts, and sculptures. Examine the varied sculptural styles from this period: idealistic traditional forms, the exaggerated and grotesque sculpture of Amarna Art, and the elegant and realistic statues of Ramesses the Second's family.

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The Golden Age of Ancient Egyptian Art

This splendid selection of statues and stelae, which are upright stones with a sculpted surface, shows the refined styles of the New Kingdom and the Late Period art as well as the grotesque lines of the Amarna style of Akhenaten's reign.

Royal Sculpture in the Eighteenth Dynasty

Sculpture returned to the idealistic traditional forms of the Old Kingdom in the early New Kingdom. Kings and queens were depicted by showing their mannerisms and softening their features.

The Theban Family of Liberation

The Theban ruler Seqnenre-Taa and his sons Kamose and Ahmose the First fought to liberate Egypt from the foreign invaders called the Hyksos.

Two Talented Officials

Two men of genius rose to greatness from humble origins. Senenmut became Queen Hatshepsut's talented architect and Amenhotep, Son of Hapu, became vizier and chief of public works for Amenhotep the Third.

Amarna Art

Amarna art, influenced by the Aten Cult founded by Akhenaten, is characterized by a realistic style in portraying royalty.

Merenptah's Victories

Merenptah, son of Ramesses the Second, had to continue the struggle against the groups of enemies from Syria, Palestine, and Libya who challenged Egyptian authority in the ancient Near East.

Ramesses the Second and his Family

Many sculptures of Ramesses the Second and his family were recovered from the great number of temples and monuments built by him.

Ramesses the Third

The last strong Egyptian ruler was Ramesses the Third, who fought off foreign invaders but was eventually murdered by a secondary wife.

Sculptures of Psammetik

The tomb of the chief scribe Psammetik, which belonged to the end of the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty, contained three exquisite schist sculptures.

Shawabti Figures

A shawabti is a type of statuette that is intended to perform work in place of the deceased in the underworld.

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