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King Amasis Egypt Late Period 26th Dynasty 570-550 BCE Quartzite
King Amasis was the next to last ruler of the 26th Dynasty. He has narrow, closely spaced eyes and long face, typical of the way Libyans were depicted by Egyptian artists, and may reflect his ancestry. The head probably came from a temple statue. He wears the traditional royal nemes head cloth, with a protective uraeus serpent at the brow. Photographed at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.