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Facsimile painting from the 'Green Room' in the North Palace at Amarna

Artist:
Nina de Garis Davies (1881–1965)
Artist:
Norman de Garis Davies (1865–1941)
Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
Original from Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), North Palace
Medium:
Tempera on paper
Dimensions:
facsimile: h. 105.5 cm (41 9/16 in); 425 cm (167 5/16 in) scale 1:1 framed: h. 108.6 cm (42 3/4 in); w. 421 cm (165 3/4 in); th. 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.4.136
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 135
This painting is a restoration of a scene of marsh life that formed a continuous frieze in the so-called 'Green Room' in the North Palace at Amarna.

The North Palace was a rather isolated structure on the Royal Road north of the Central City. In its final state, it was the palace of the king's eldest daughter and heir Meritaton; previously it may have been the palace of Kiya. From the entry at the west, courts, solar altars, and a window of appearance are succeeded by more reserved areas around what appears to have been a central well, including a throne room, formal and private apartments, kitchens and staff areas, and animal pens.

At the northeast corner of the North Palace a sunken garden was surrounded on three sides by small cubicles, some of which had windows onto the central garden. Scenes of feeding fowl or waterbank scenes were found in many places within this complex. In one room - the so-called Green Room, a continuous scene of waterfowl and plants had been painted on four walls. This facsimile copies a long preserved stretch on the west wall.

The blank yellow rectangles mark the place of niches in the original Green Room, all of them framed, and the upper ones having a small pool of water painted beneath. At the bottom a water channel with lotus plants is bounded on either side by black silty streches with brushy plants. Above a tangle of marsh plants and and papyrus is populated by lively birds. Surrounding the small space in the cubicle, the strikingly beautiful idyllic painting would have created an encompassing experience.
Painted at Amarna by Norman and Nina de Garis Davies for the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926. Accessioned by the Museum, 1930.

Wilkinson, Charles K. 1979. Egyptian Wall Paintings: The Metropolitan Museum's Collection of Facsimiles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 36, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp.18–19, fig. 19.

Wilkinson, Charles K. and Marsha Hill 1983. Egyptian Wall Paintings: The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Collection of Facsimiles. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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