Ramesses II - London, England, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 51° 31.131 W 000° 07.573
30U E 699376 N 5711441
Quick Description: Ramesses II was Pharoah of Egypt about 1279-1213 BC.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/18/2012 1:30:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMDHNH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
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Long Description:
This huge bust is located in the British Museum which does not charge an admission fee and DOES allow non-flash photography.
The Museum website (visit link) describes the sculpture and provides additional information:

"One of the largest pieces of Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum, this statue shows Ramesses II, who succeeded his father Sethos I in around 1279 BC and ruled Egypt for 67 years.

Weighing 7.25 tons, this fragment of his statue was cut from a single block of two-coloured granite. He is shown wearing the nemes head-dress surmounted by a cobra diadem.

The sculptor has used a slight variation of normal conventions to relate his work to the viewer, angling the eyes down slightly, so that the statue relates more to those looking at it.

It was retrieved from the mortuary temple of Ramesses at Thebes (the 'Ramesseum') by Giovanni Belzoni in 1816. Belzoni wrote a fascinating account of his struggle to remove it, both literally, given its colossal size, and politically. The hole on the right of the torso is said to have been made by members of Napoleon's expedition to Egypt at the end of the eighteenth century, in an unsuccessful attempt to remove the statue.

The imminent arrival of the head in England in 1818 inspired the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley to write Ozymandias:

... My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'

After its arrival in the British Museum the 'Younger Memnon' was perhaps the first piece of Egyptian sculpture to be recognized as a work of art by connoisseurs, who traditionally judged things by the standards of ancient Greek art."

Read more about him at (visit link) and (visit link)
Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: Pharoah Ramesses II

Country or Empire of Influence: Egypt

Website for additonal information: [Web Link]

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