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The Colossal Head When we think of ancient Egyptian art we think of deteriorating stone statues bits and pieces of old architecture and faded paintings of animals in dark caves and caverns All of these ancient ruins are part of what shaped Egyptian culture back in the times of Dynasties Their artwork not only revealed so much of their religion rituals and culture but it also served as a basis for developing and advancing art The Colossal Head found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was one of the many early sculptures of Egypt It came from the late Third or early Fourth Dynasty 2600-2530 BCE Its no more than two feet high and is made of Red Granite stone The face of the sculpture has a fleshy full look to it and most of the features are very blunt giving it a very healthy powerful appearance The eyes are empty as are the eyes of most ancient sculptures so as not to give them any particular focus or expression and they are styled with regular upper and lower curves making them semicircular The mouth is long and fine-lipped which is typical of Fourth Dynasty kings It curves neither up nor down showing no emotion whatsoever creating a very vacant placid stare The Seated Statue of Gudea and The Female Head from Uruk are just a couple of other statues with the same empty expressionless stare However the rest of the features of the sculpture and the thick neck are more like images from the Third Dynasty The tops of the ears and the tip of the nose have been broken off either with carelessness or with time both of which cause the damage of many ancient sculptures The statue of Senmut with Princess Nefrua is another of the many sculptures that had been broken over time Although it has not been proven the sculpture has been identified as King Huni who
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