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Trial Piece with Relief of Head of Akhenaten

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 35 cm (13 3/4 in.), w. 23.4 cm (9 3/16 in.); d. 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
66.99.40
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
The slanting slitted eye, heavy everted lips, and drooping chin here recognizably signify the pharaoh Akhenaten.

This piece is a 'sculptor's model' from Amarna. Such models are roughly rectangular slabs of stone on which the representation is theorized to be a master's model for his assistants to follow while decorating a wall with relief or, alternatively, an apprentice's study piece. At least in some instances, however, such pieces may have been intended or served secondarily as donations. For instance, one such relief found in the Great Temple of the Aton at Amarna shows a kneeling figure on the reverse side of a royal representation.

The king's image appears to be unfinished, lacking characteristic furrows and lines and the royal uraeus.
Excavated by Petrie at Amarna 1891-1892. Acquired by Petrie and Lord Amherst in the division of finds. Sold at the Amherst Sale, London, June 1921, lot 847. Purchased by Kalebjian at Amherst sale and sold to a French collector who sold to Joseph Brummer, ca. 1939. Acquired by Albert Gallatin from executors of the estate of Joseph Brummer ("Joseph Brummer Gallery"), October 1947. Gallatin Collection purchased by the Metropolitan Museum from Mr. Gallatin's estate, 1966.

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