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Royal Barge at its Mooring

New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty 18
reign of Akhenaten
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu); Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten)
Limestone, paint
h. 24 cm. (9 7/16 in); w. 54.3 cm (21 7/16 in); d. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
A scene at the riverbank is depicted. On the bank at the upper right can be seen a garden, with small squares devoted to different plants. A trellis with wine jars alongside can be seen indicating that grapes were also grown here. A waterbird flies by.

A royal barge with a large central cabin is shown below moored to the bank by ropes attached to two stakes at the bottom right. A stepped gangplank leads down to the shore. One sailor stands on the boat, while the second on the land above seems to be dragging the mast with sails to the royal boat.

On the boat itself there is a large two-tiered cabin with a uraeus cornice. An open structure is attached to the front. And at the forecastle of the boat is a separate kiosk typical of of royal boats. The small kiosk is decorated with a representation of Akhenaten smiting an enemy, with the Aten overhead and with Nefertiti and a princess standing behind.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.

Settgast, Jürgen 1978. Von Troja bis Amarna: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, New York. New York: P. von Zabern, no. 301.

Mertens, Joan, Catharine H. Roehrig, Marsha Hill, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Oscar White Muscarella 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 49, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 58, no. 41.

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