- New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Akhenaten
- ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
- From Egypt; Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten); Probably from Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu)
- Limestone, paint
- H. 23 cm (9 1/16 in); w. 42 cm (16 9/16 in)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
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This fragment shows a very successful integration of two carving techniques. The delicate outlines of the leaves and their veins are lightly incised into the surface, while the heavy, dense clusters of grapes are in deeply modeled sunk relief, evoking plump dark grapes against the shaded tracery of the vines.
This block gives a clue to its architectural position on the wall. The rough strip to the left was probably a highly raised and rounded astragal (border or transition element) protecting the corner of a small shrine.