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Two Princesses

New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty 18
reign of Akhenaten
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu), Pylon of Ramesses II, Foundations, Deutsche Hermopolis Expedition 1939; Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten)
Limestone, paint
h. 21.2 cm (8 3/4 in); w. 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in); d. 2.2 cm (7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
The demonstration of affection in this detail showing two of Akhenaten's daughters is typical of the intimacy allowed in representations of the royal family during the Amarna period. Although affectionate gestures are not entirely unknown in royal art of other eras, the casual pose and the fully frontal depiction of the older sister's torso are unparalleled among royal figures and are extremely rare in any type of representation during other periods of Egyptian art.
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