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Right eye and brow from head of king or queen

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten)
Medium:
Indurated limestone
Dimensions:
H. 9.1 x D. 7.5 cm
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
66.99.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
A narrowed banded eye evoking a trance-like gaze is preserved on this fragment of a statuary. The fragment is carved in the indurated limestone that is so characteristic of the Amarna temples. From the fragment it is not possible to say whether Akhenaten or Nefertiti is actually represented, and often even much larger fragments pose problems of identification since the king and queen were closely twinned.
Albert Gallatin Collection, purchased by the Museum in 1966. Purchased by the collector at Arts and Antiques, New York, 1952.

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