Artist's Sketch of Ramesses IV

Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside

Dynasty: Dynasty 20

Reign: reign of Ramesses IV

Date: ca. 1153–1147 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Ramesses IV (KV 2), in front of tomb, Davis excavations, 1905–06

Medium: Limestone, ink

Dimensions: 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: 30.8.234


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.