Terminal, possibly for a scepter

New Kingdom, Amarna Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121

This small gold object is inscribed for the princess Maketaten, second daughter of Akhenaten. It has recently been pointed out that the object, historically termed a miniature situla (a bucket-shaped ritual vessel), is more likely an end piece from another element, perhaps a scepter or some other insignia.

The princess died before her father and was buried in a chamber of his tomb at Amarna. This object is likely to have originated there.

Terminal, possibly for a scepter, Gold

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