9 December 2008
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, AMARNA PERIOD, REIGN OF AKHENATEN, 1353-1335 B.C.
Sculpted in shallow sunk relief with a temple offering scene in two registers divided by a thin band, the upper register preserving the sandaled feet and robe hem of Akhenaten followed by Nefertiti, the king wearing an ankle-length costume, the queen wearing a pleated floor-length garment, their feet rendered in the new naturalism of the day, with the instep of the left feet depicted and the exterior of the right feet shown with the toes indicated; the lower register on a smaller scale, showing the court of a temple in three rows of offerings, the first row with five trussed decapitated bulls, their legs bound together, one leg already removed, the second row with six altars with five kilted attendants, the first attendant on the right lighting the fire, the second pouring oil on the offerings, the rest waiting their turn, the third row with five kilted attendants at altars, each with the head and foreleg of the bulls, the first attendant lighting the fire, the second pouring oil, the rest waiting their turn, preserving traces of (now embellished) reddish-orange pigment throughout
21 in. (53.3 cm.) wide
European Private Collection, acquired prior to the 1950s.
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G. Roeder, Amarna-Reliefs aus Hermopolis, Ausgrabungen der Deutschen Hermopolis-Expedition in Hermopolis 1929-1939, vol. II, Hildesheim, 1969, pl. 186, no. pc 93.
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