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Funerary Figure of Akhenaten

New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty 18
reign of Akhenaten
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten)
H. 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Josephson, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
During the reign of Akhenaten, many funerary figures were made for the king in a variety of materials and styles. However, none of these seems to have been inscribed with chapter six of the Book of the Dead, the shabti spell that compelled the figure to perform work for its owner in the afterlife. This is the only complete funerary figure of Akhenaten that is known. In this example, the king wears royal beard and a head covering known as the khat with a cobra, the protector of the king, at the brow.
Formerly Levy de Benzion Collection, Cairo, by 1947. Later, collection Jack Josephson, New York (acquired from Dikran Kelekian, New York). Given to the Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Josephson, 1982. Published in MMA Notable Acquisitions 1981-82.

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