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Heads of Two Horses and a Charioteer

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. 22.2 (8 3/4 in); W. 26.7 (10 1/2 in); Th. 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.328.20
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
Numerous representations of horse-drawn chariots are included in the official scenes at Amarna. Both the king and queen are shown driving themselves in what appears to be a mad dash to the Great Temple, their subjects racing behind, as in a block at the lower right. Throughout Egyptian history, artists took great care in depicting animals, a tradition that was continued and expanded during the Amarna period. Although only their heads are preserved, it is evident that the pair of horses at the upper right are being reined in. Their ears are pricked forward, suggesting the alertness of spirited animals excited by the activity around them. The man just visible at the right edge of the relief is either driving another chariot or walking or standing beside the horses, perhaps attending them as a groom.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.

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