Head of Akhenaten in the Blue Crown, Sign Traces Behind Neck

New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty 18
reign of Akhenaten
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Great Temple of the Aten, pit outside southern wall, Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Indurated limestone
H. 22 × W. 13.5 × D. 20 cm (8 11/16 × 5 5/16 × 7 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
At some point after the end of the Amarna period, statues from the sanctuary of the Great Aten Temple at Amarna were demolished and their fragments left in the area of the sanctuary or in a dump outside the south temenos wall originally used for expendable material that had been used in the cult.The sanctuary and dump areas were excavated in 1891-92 by Howard Carter working for Flinders Petrie. When Petrie received almost all his finds from the Egyptian government, he allotted these sculpture fragments to Lord Amherst who had funded Carter's work. The Museum subsequently accquired most all of this important corpus, some four hundred fragments. Many joins have been made by curators over the decades, and the fragments are now being studied for the information they provide about the statuary that stood in the Aten Temple.

In this instance, three fragments of fine marble-like indurated limestone have been joined to reconstitute part of the left side of a head of Akhenaten.
Excavated at Amarna by Petrie and Carter 1891–92. Received by Lord Amherst in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum at Sotheby's, London (Amherst sale), 1921.