Torso of Nefertiti, Aten cartouches
- New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Akhenaten
- ca. 1352–1336 B.C.
- From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Great Temple of the Aten, pit outside southern wall, Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
- Indurated limestone
- h. 28 cm (11 in); w. 29.5 cm (11 5/8 in); d. 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in)
cartouche W. 1.8 cm
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1921
- Accession Number:
This torso of Nefertiti was found in the Sanctuary of the Great Aten Temple or in the dump south of the Sanctuary area of the temple. It was part of a dyad of the king and queen standing together and holding in front of them a wide stela with names of the Aten. The queen's left arm was bent and she held her hand against the side of the stela.
Nefertiti wears a revealing smooth garment leaving one shoulder bare. Over that she has a pleated shawl whose short loop edge can be seen crossing between her breasts to the point where the shawl tied beneath the right breast.