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Hands offering Aten cartouches

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:
max. H. 25 x W. 19.5 x D. 17 cm; stela H. 20 x W. 14 x D. 6.5 cm
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1921
Accession Number:
21.9.431
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
This unusual piece is composed of eight fragments, including a cast of one piece now in the British Museum; all of the pieces were found in the Sanctuary of the Great Aten Temple or in the dump south of the Sanctuary area of the temple. The double cartouches of the Aten's early name are presented by the two hands of a figure that is now missing.
Karnak reliefs depicted the king at a window of appearance presenting / proclaiming the 'didactic' names of the Aten with this gesture. These hands and cartouches in a very fine indurated limestone appear to have belonged to a very special statue at Amarna reiterating this presentation.
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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