Bust from Statue of a King

Period: Late Period, Saite

Dynasty: Dynasty 26

Reign: reign of Psamtik I

Date: 664–610 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Granite

Dimensions: H. 30.5 cm (12 in); w. 23 cm (9 1/16 in); d. 17.8 cm (7 in)

Credit Line: Museum Accession

Accession Number: X.358


Psamtik I, third king of Dynasty 26, called the Saite Dynasty after the town of Sais in the eastern Delta, was part of a group of local rulers who had fought against the Kushite Dynasty 25.

The long face, detailed modeling of muscles around the mouth, and careful carving of the eyes are features transitional between the austere art of Dynasty 25 and the refined elegance that was to develop later in Dynasty 26. When complete, the statue probably represented the king kneeling.