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A God's Head In Heidelberg

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This chapter gives a front view of a head made of quartzite. The head is enclosed by a tripartite wig, its side strands falling behind the ears down to the breast. The delicately modeled face, with its full cheeks, tapers toward the chin, thus gaining the shape of a heart. The soft modeling of the face, with the high arching brows, reminds one of the sphinx's head in Munich, convincingly attributed to Amenhotep II. The upper lid of Amenhotep II ascends in its first eighth to full height. The almond-shaped eyes of the Heidelberg head differ in form from those of Amenhotep II and have not reached the size of the eyes of Amenhotep III. Both faces show the uraeus forming a recumbent , the low forehead leading over to the highset eyes and the part below the eyes ending in the cheekbones at the height of the nostrils.

Keywords: Amenhotep; Heidelberg head



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