This artifact from Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty (1550-1292 BC) appears to date to the reign of Thutmose IV (1401-1391 or 1397-1388 BC). The statue is carved from high-quality black basalt, standing 172cm tall, presenting a pose characteristic of Egyptian statuary: an erect stance with a slightly advanced left foot. The youthful physique of the figure suggests it may depict Thutmose IV in his early reign.

Clothing and accessories include a traditional 'nemes' royal headdress marked by stripes falling on the shoulders, featuring a 'uraeus', a sacred symbol embodying sovereignty, royalty, and divine authority in ancient Egypt. The face—rounded cheeks, almond-shaped eyes, and thin mouth—exemplifies New Kingdom royal portraiture and could mirror Thutmose IV's likeness.

The back pillar contains hieroglyphic inscriptions, frequently added to Egyptian statues for stability. They offer a royal titulary – a quintet of names including birth and throne names used to identify pharaohs. However, significant wear and tear over time have rendered a considerable portion of the inscriptions illegibly, complicating the definite identification of the statue's subject.

The figure holds a 'sekhem' scepter and an 'ankh,' objects representing power and life, respectively, while clothed in a knee-high kilt, typical of men's wear in ancient Egypt. These elements, combined with the attire, suggest the figure belongs to royal lineage.

Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Tomb of Thutmose IV