Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Chest of Akhenaten

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1352–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Great Temple of the Aten, pit outside southern wall, Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Medium:
Indurated limestone
Dimensions:
H. as mounted 23.5 x W. 34 x D. 22 cm; cartouche W. 2 cm
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1921
Accession Number:
21.9.455
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
Several fragments discovered in excavations at the Great Aten Temple in Amarna were rejoined to form these shoulders and upper chest of Akhenaten. The sharp tendons in the throat and the prominent clavicles are characteristic of the heighted attention to the bony structure of the bodies of members of the royal family. Cartouches of the Aten appear on the king's chest; a third pair would have appeared on his abdomen, and others on each shoulder, and perhaps also on his wrists.
Excavated at Amarna by Petrie and Carter 1891–92. Received by Lord Amherst in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum at Sotheby's, London (Amherst sale), 1921.

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