Chest of Akhenaten

New Kingdom, Amarna Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121

Several fragments discovered in excavations at the Great Aten Temple in Amarna were rejoined to form these shoulders and upper chest of Akhenaten. The sharp tendons in the throat and the prominent clavicles are characteristic of the heightened attention to the bony structure of the bodies of members of the royal family. Cartouches of the Aten appear on the king's chest; a third pair would have appeared on his abdomen, and others on each shoulder, and perhaps also on his wrists.

Chest of Akhenaten, Indurated limestone

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