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Talatat with Offerings in the Temple

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Great Temple of the Aten, pit outside southern wall, Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1921
Accession Number:
21.9.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
Excavated in the Great Temple of Amarna, probably in the area of the Sanctuary or dump to the south of the Sanctuary, this talatat depicts offerings in the temple.

The two moldings at the top represent the cornice on a an enclosure wall. Two rows of altars and a series of trussed cattle align the wall. The rectangular altars are topped with overlapping round bread loaves, conical loaves, bunches of flowers, and small dishes for incense, some of which are burning. At either end stands a tall narrow offering stand and an upright bouquet. The cattle are awaiting slaughter, thrashing and bellowing in misery.
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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