The Colossi of Memnon , in reality – Amenhotep III are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the last 3400 years they have stood in the necropolis of Thebes, on the other side of the Nile River from the modern city of Luxor. Two statues depict a seated Amenhotep III. His hands are on his knees, and his gaze is turned east towards the river and the rising sun. Two smaller figures are carved into the front of the throne along its legs. These are his wife Tia and mother Mutemuya. The side panels display the god Nile Hapi.

Object Details

Memnon and Sesostris

Jean-Leon Gerome




oil on canvas

35 x 49.5 cm

 Private collection