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Lower part of a royal head

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Possibly from Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten)
Medium:
Red quartzite
Dimensions:
H. 5.2 x W. 11.2 x D. 8.8 cm
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
66.99.34
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
This lower part of a face represents a member of the Amarna royal family. The wide and full lips and the lack of lines in the face suggest one of the princesses is depicted.
The fragment may have come from the Great Aten Temple, like so many others in theicollection, but it might also have come from another site such as the Great Palace or the Small Aten Temple, or elsewhere. Statuary in all the temples and palaces at the city of Amarna was hammered into small fragments by Akhenaten's successors.
Albert Gallatin Collection, purchased by the Museum 1966. Purchased by the collector in 1952 from Michael Abemayor.

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