Aten Sun-Disk Inlay
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The late Eighteenth Dynasty taste for opulence extended to inlaid wall decoration in temples, palaces, and large houses.
During the reign of Akhenaten, skilled workmen began to create scenes by piecing together individual fragments of colored glass or faience. These works depicted the king, natural motifs, and faithful worshipers beneath the Aten sundisk. Many of these motifs had already appeared in paintings in earlier buildings, but the new medium added vividness and prominence. Architectural inlay continued into the Twentieth Dynasty.
Possible Place Made: Egypt
ca. 1339-1329 B.C.E.
Dynasty 18 (probably)
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Diam. 2 5/16 in. (5.8 cm)
Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
Terra cotta red faience Sun Disk with uraeus raised relief at base. Probably an inlay from a relief showing the Aten.
Condition: Chipped at edges. Otherwise good..
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