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Relief with two royal male figures

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)
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in) W. 37 cm (14 9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Abner Rosen Foundation Inc. Gift and Ludlow Bull Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.102
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
This relief depicts the torsos of two figures, a larger one on the left and a smaller one on the right. The figure on the right is clearly a male, and the figure on the left must also be a male because the angle of the garment pleats identify it as the male sash-kilt. The clothing along with the intimacy of the grouping thus indicate two male members of the Amarna royal family are depicted. Given the size differential of the two figures, it is perhaps more likely that Smenkhare and Tutankhaten as brothers (?) are depicted, rather than Akhenaten and Smenkhkare as coregents.
Published by Rainer Hanke, Amarna Reliefs aus Hermopolis, Neue Veröffentlichungen und Studien (1978), no. 7, among a group of pieces on the art market before 1957; Kanstinger Collection, Switzerland; Rupert Wace, London; purchased by the Museum from Rupert Wace 2006.

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