Portrait of King Amenhotep II (?)

Object Name: 
Portrait of King Amenhotep II (?)

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Object Name: 
Portrait of King Amenhotep II (?)
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 4 cm, W: 2.9 cm, D: 3.4 cm
On Display
1426-1400 BC
Credit Line: 
Purchased in part with funds from the Museum Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
Ancient glass sculpture is very rare. This is one of the earliest known glass portraits. It probably shows the head of Amenhotep II, who was ruler of Egypt about 60 years before Tutankhamen. The craft of glassmaking may have been introduced into Egypt during Amenhotep's reign. The head was carefully sculpted, probably with the simplest of tools and considerable effort on the part of the craftsman. Cast in blue glass, the sculpture is now tan in color due to its long burial. Several royal portrait heads in glass are known. They were probably made as parts of composite figures designed to incorporate other materials, such as gold, ivory, and wood.
de Benzion, Levi, Former Collection
Symes, Robin, Source
Primary Description: 
Deep blue glass with off-white or light tan surface.
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Glass, Knocking at the Door of Art (2010) illustrated, pp. 18-19; BIB# 115616
The Corning Museum of Glass (2009-03) illustrated, p. 10;
The Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 233, Fig. 3;
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Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 47 (Taf. 34); BIB# 83444
The Gather (2003) p. 6;
Glass in Art, History, and Science at The Corning Museum of Glass (2003) illustrated, p. 71, no. 22;
Richards Complete Bible Dictionary (2002) illustrated, p. 331, #10; BIB# 73428
The Magic of Ceramics (2000) illustrated, p. 25, 2-4; BIB# 63974
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 18; BIB# 77736
An Introduction to The Corning Museum of Glass (1999) pp. 9-12; ill., p. 9;
Uncovering treasures in the Empire State (1999) p. 131 top; BIB# AI43699
Mankind, the Arts and Glass (1998) illustrated, p. 48; BIB# 101632
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From Grains of Sand (1995) illustrated, p. 25; BIB# AI35558
Understanding Art (1995) illustrated, p. 213; BIB# 108149
The Corning Museum of Glass, Curators' Choice (1995) illustrated, #1; BIB# 36655
Art You Can See Through. The Corning Museum of Glass (1994) p. 14;
Glass Capturing the Dance of Light (1993) illustrated, p. 45;
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The Survey of Glass in the World (1992) illustrated, back of dust jacket, upper right corner; BIB# 44518
The Revell Concise Bible Dictionary (1991) illustrated, p. 190; BIB# 65504
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 44;
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A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 16-17, #2; BIB# 33211
The Revell Bible dictionary (1990) illustrated, p. 331 #10; BIB# 65501
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Glass and Ophthalmic Optics (1988) illustrated, p. 4; BIB# 65467
Special Report: The Corning Glass Center (1985) p. 9;
Title Unknown (SPAN) (1981-05) illustrated, inside cover;
After the Flood (1980-07) illustrated, pp. 20-23;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 12-13, #2; BIB# 21161
Le Nouveau Musee du verre a Corning (1980) illustrated, pp. 52-59, #2;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1979 (1980) illustrated, p. 2-3;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 22 (1980) illustrated, cover, frontispiece;
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, dust jacket, frontispiece; BIB# 29547
A Unique Royal Head (1979) illustrated, pp. 8-16, figs. 1-4;