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Court Ladies at a Ceremony

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, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu); Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten)
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in); w. 53.5 cm (21 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.328.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
The spontaneous, festive mood of this cluster of young women is achieved by their irregular groupng and by the pose of the women at the upper right who raise their arms in welcome or celebration. Below, three women appear to be sipping from shallow bowls. Behind the group is part of another scene; the small bent figure of a servant apparently engaged in some domstic task.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.

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