From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu), Pylon of Ramesses II, foundations level, Deutsche Hermopolis-Expedition 1938; Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten)
H. 21 cm (8 1/4 in); w. 34.5 cm (13 9/16 in)
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
Not on view
This fragment depicts Akhenaten with the exaggerated but sensitive features characteristic of representations of this king. The full scene would have shown the king worshiping his sole god, the Aten.
This relief is currently on long-term loan to the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung in Berlin.
Excavated by Deutsche Hermopolis Expedition 1938. Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.
Mertens, Joan, Catharine H. Roehrig, Marsha Hill, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Oscar White Muscarella 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 49, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 57, no. 34.