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Ramesses II

Creation date: 1279 BCE-1212 BCE
Creation place: Egypt

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Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Quartizite
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds from the Helen M. Towle Bequest
Accession Number: 1949.62.1-2
Dimensions: 36 in. x 15 in. x 11 in. (91.44 cm x 38.1 cm x 27.94 cm)
The body weighs in at 215 lbs. and the head weighs 41 lbs.

J. Gielow 1-28-2014


William E. Mansoor, Belmont, California ( - January 31, 1950)

B. Rameau, ( - )

Flinders Petrie, ( - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 31, 1950 - )

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Ramesses II
Egypt, 1279-1212 BC
This sculpture originally would have stood in an architectural setting -- perhaps a temple or shrine – although the precise is unknown. A nearly identical figure (though lacking its head) is in the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art. This indicates that at least these two figures of Ramesses, and possibly more, once formed a group that probably flanked a doorway or stood between the columns of a colonnade. Pharaonic figures in the great temples at Luxor, Karnak and similar sites tended to be monumental, so the modest scale of this work suggests that it may have originated from a minor provincial site.
Museum purchase with funds from the Helen M. Towle Bequest, 1949.62

Last Updated: 2/17/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Physical Anthropology , 10/16/1981 - 6/1/1983

Dynasties: The Egyptian Royal Image in the New Kingdom San Antonio Museum of Art , 1/6/1995 - 8/27/2013

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

Justin Sterling: Chapel of the Rocks The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/29/2022 - 2/12/2023


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 118, Figure Number: 118


Inscription, On reverse: Inscription on back: (The Horus Strong Bull) Loving Truth, King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Seizer of the Two Lands with his Ox-like-Arm. User Maat Rē˓, Chosen of Rē˓. Son of the (Son ___). According to appraiser Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph.D. (1/16/2004) and Ambrose Lansing, Curator The Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 5, 1949 (The Mighty Bull). Beloved of Truth; King of Upper and Lower Egypt, who has carried off the Two lLands with his storng arm, User-maat-Re Setep-en-Re, Son of Re, ..." John A. Wilson, Associate Director, The University of Chicago, The Oriental Institute, December 2, 1949

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