This is a fragmentary bust from one of a series of colossal figures that originally decorated the front of a row of rectangular pillars in the courtyard of a small temple at Abydos. The king is depicted mummiform in the style of the god Osiris. The king holds the symbols of kingship, the crook and flail, in his now missing hands. Since the figure was intended to tower over any human below, the eyes look down. Much of the original color remains.
Penn-Yale Expedition to Abydos, Egypt; David O'Connor and William Kelly Simpson
[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: 28
[Article] O'Connor, David. 2014. The Last Partage Dividing Finds from the 1960s Excavations. Expedition. 56 (1): 1-64. : Page/Fig./Plate: 55
[Book] Silverman, David P. 1997. Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 33/fig.3
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.
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