Nose and lips of Akhenaten

New Kingdom, Amarna Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121

Found in the dumps south of the Sanctuary of the Great Aten Temple or in the Sanctuary itself, this fragment is attributed to Akhenaten. The inner corner of one eye is visible alongside the nose.

Although there is little to distinguish many representations of the king and the queen, particularly relatively early in the Amarna years, the especially long line alongside the nose and lips and the sinuous upper lip support that identification.

Nose and lips of Akhenaten, Indurated limestone

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