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Torso of Nefertiti, Aten cartouches

New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty 18
reign of Akhenaten
ca. 1352–1336 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Great Temple of the Aten, pit outside southern wall, Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Indurated limestone
h. 28 cm (11 in); w. 29.5 cm (11 5/8 in); d. 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in) cartouche W. 1.8 cm
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
This torso of Nefertiti was found in the Sanctuary of the Great Aten Temple or in the dump south of the Sanctuary area of the temple. It was part of a dyad of the king and queen standing together and holding in front of them a wide stela with names of the Aten. The queen's left arm was bent and she held her hand against the side of the stela.

Nefertiti wears a revealing smooth garment leaving one shoulder bare. Over that she has a pleated shawl whose short loop edge can be seen crossing between her breasts to the point where the shawl tied beneath the right breast.
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.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 112.

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