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Artist's Sketch of Ramesses IV

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 20
reign of Ramesses IV
ca. 1153–1147 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Ramesses IV (KV 2), in front of tomb, Davis excavations, 1905–06
Limestone, ink
H. 18 cm (7 1/16 in); w. 14 cm (5 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
This small artist's sketch shows a king, probably Ramesses IV, in the conventional style of the late New Kingdom wearing the blue crown. A student scribe has made a less than successful attempt to copy the profile on the same limestone flake. The sketch was found in front of the tomb of Ramesses IV in the Valley of the Kings.
Theodore M. Davis excavations by Ayrton, 1905-1906. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds. Theodore M. Davis Collection 1906-1915. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930.

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