Queen Malakaye of Kush
This portrait is based off a silver mask belonging to “Queen” Malakaye of Kush, which dates to the reign of King Tantamani (or Tanwetamani as the Egyptians called him). I don’t know if she was actually a Queen in the sense of being Tantamani’s Great Royal Wife, but I believe his main consort was actually another woman named Piankharty (kings in ancient Kush, like their Egyptian and other African counterparts, were typically polygamous). I chose Malakaye as my subject simply because I found an image of her mask and wanted to “bring it to life”, so to speak.
I admit the likeness between my portrait and the source image isn’t exact, but Egyptian and Kushite masks tend to have quite stylized facial portraits.