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Bowing Attendants

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu); Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten)
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 22.8 cm (9 in); w. 54 cm (21 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.328.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
In this fragment, three officials, bowing at the waist, hold curious sticks with frayed ends. The parted lips of the figure at the left suggest that he is talking or chanting. The two preserved faces both show signs of aging. These men are probably minor actors in a royal or religious scene.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.

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: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 57, no. 38.

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