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Relief Depicting the Nurse Tia

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten); Probably from Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu)
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
h. 23.1 cm (9 1/8 in); w. 54 cm (21 1/4 in); th. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.328.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
The large figure of the king, at the left, and the smaller figure of a young woman offering bread loaves appear to be participating in two different scenes. The sidelock of hair would usually identify the girl as a princess, but here, the inscription behind her reads "the nurse of the king's daughter Ankhesenpaaten, Tia," and it seems likely that this is a representation of the nurse.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.

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