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Relief fragment with chariots

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1352–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Great Temple of the Aten, Sanctuary, Egypt Exploration Society excavations, 1926–27
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
9 1/16 x 21 1/4 in. (23 x 54 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Society, through the generosity of Mrs. Fahnestock Campbell, 1927
Accession Number:
27.6.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
This relief was discovered in the Sanctuary area of the Great Aten Temple at Amarna. In the upper register are chariots with their spirited horses held in check by grooms. Scenes of waiting chariots flanked depictions of the royal family inside the temple worshipping the Aten: the family had driven to the temple in their chariots, and left the restless horses to await their return after worshipping. The register below depicts various attendant groups also waiting outside the temple for the return of the royal family.
Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society at Amarna, received in the division of finds. Donated to the Metropolitan Museum by the Egypt Exploration Society and Mrs. Fahnestock Campbell, 1927. probably from the most eastern of the groups of buildings erected within the large temenos

Phillips, Dorothy W. 1942. Ancient Egyptian Animals, Picture Books (Metropolitan Museum of Art), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, fig. 41.

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