Goblet Inscribed with the Names of King Amenhotep IV and Queen Nefertiti
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
This graceful, translucent drinking cup in the form of a white lotus blossom is treasured both for its beauty and its historical interest. The throne name (Nefer-kheperu-Re, beloved of Re) and personal name of Amenhotep IV are inscribed in the small panel on the side, between two cartouches surrounding the early titulary of the Aten (left) and a cartouche naming the principal queen, Nefertiti (right). Thus, the vessel must have been made before Year 5 of the king's reign, when he changed his name to Akhenaten.
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