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  • Artist's sketch of Ramesses IV, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, reign of Ramesses IV, ca. 1153–1147 b.c.
    Egyptian
    Limestone; H. 7 in. (18 cm), W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
    Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915 (30.8.234)

    All the kings of Dynasty 20 after Ramesses III, from Ramesses IV through Ramesses XI, bore the same name. Inheriting a relatively peaceful empire from his father, Ramesses IV focused his attention on mining and quarrying activities for a major building program he hoped to undertake. At the end of his brief reign, however, little had been accomplished except for his small but beautifully decorated tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

    This small artist's sketch shows the king in the conventional style of the late New Kingdom wearing the blue crown. A pupil 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 by Theodore Davis in 1905–6.

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  • Artist's sketch of Ramesses IV, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, reign of Ramesses IV, ca. 1153–1147 B.C.
    Egyptian
    Limestone; H. 7 in. (18 cm), W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
    Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915 (30.8.234)

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