Figure - 909.80.416_4



Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: Probably New Kingdom
6.3 × 5.4 × 2.2 cm
Object number: 909.80.416
Not on view

This fragment of blue glazed composition imitates the distinctive pattern of circles on the royal Khepresh or 'Blue Crown.'  Kings of the New Kingdom and later are often depicted wearing this crown in scenes of battle, or when offering to the gods in a temple. The blue crown seems to have emphasized the king's divinity as son of the god.

Fine statues and reliefs were often made of many materials to better imitate the colours and textures of the subject. The king's skin might have been imitated in jasper or ivory, or a fine wood such as ebony. This fragment probably came from such a relief or statue. Although we know the appearance of this crown very well, no actual royal khepresh crown has ever been found, so we do not know what the real thing was made of.  Suggestions range from leather to linen or copper.  A real crown of faience would have been too heavy and too brittle for a king to wear in battle.

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