Art: Together Again

Near the ancient fortress at Hu in Egypt, a British archeological expedition in 1898 turned up a tiny, beautifully chiseled stone head of a king. But the diggers could not find the rest of the statuette. The head, eventually acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Art, was thought to represent one of the Ptolemys, dating from about 200 B.C. But when Boston Egyptologist Bernard Bothmer came across the piece two years ago, he decided that it was a lot older than that.

Bothmer noted similarities to a statue of Amenhotep II (ruler of Egypt from 1448 to 1420 B.C.) at Thebes....

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