New Kingdom

New Kingdom pharaohs controlled vast wealth. Thebes was the religious center of the period, and Pharaohs built mortuary temples here and were buried in huge rock-cut tombs.

c. 1550–1070 B.C.E.

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Bronze statuette of Thutmose IV
Bronze statuette of Thutmose IV

A surviving metal statue of an ancient Egyptian ruler

Canopic Jar with a Lid in the Shape of a Royal Woman’s Head
Canopic Jar with a Lid in the Shape of a Royal Woman’s Head

"It seems to me that aesthetically this goes well beyond meeting the need of surviving into the afterlife."

Barry X Ball on an Egyptian fragment of a queen’s face
Barry X Ball on an Egyptian fragment of a queen’s face

"It's balanced between this incredible idealization and humanity."

A bottle and a toy: Objects from daily life
A bottle and a toy: Objects from daily life

Egyptian archaeological finds tend to be remnants of the rich—little remains from the rest of society.

Paintings from the Tomb-chapel of Nebamun
Paintings from the Tomb-chapel of Nebamun

Scenes show Nebamun’s family at work and play, giving vibrant insight into the lives of ancient Egyptian elites.

Paintings from the tomb of Sebekhotep
Paintings from the tomb of Sebekhotep

Painted scenes placed in Sebekhotep's tomb illustrate his importance as an official, and represent his relationship with the king

The tomb-chapel of Nebamun
The tomb-chapel of Nebamun

These lush wall paintings have been called “antiquity’s equivalent to Michelangelo.”

<em>Head of Tutankhamun</em>
Head of Tutankhamun

At only 6 years old, Tutankhamun is crowned pharaoh by the god Amun-Ra.

<em>Hunefer’s Judgement in the presence of Osiris</em>
Hunefer’s Judgement in the presence of Osiris

Did Hunefer live an ethical life? See the judgment of the Egyptian gods—who weigh Hunefer’s heart.

<em>Portrait Head of Queen Tiye</em>
Portrait Head of Queen Tiye

Tiye was a powerful figure, but her royal life was complicated, as demonstrated through this changing statue.

Thutmose, <em>Model Bust of Queen Nefertiti</em>
Thutmose, Model Bust of Queen Nefertiti

Found in an artist’s studio, this stunning bust exemplifies a change in style, and may have been an early prototype.

<em>House Altar depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Three of their Daughters</em>
House Altar depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Three of their Daughters

Upon becoming pharaoh, Akhenaten revolutionized the religion and artistic style of Egypt—at least until his death.

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