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Torso of Akhenaten

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Excavated: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 21 x 13 x 16 in. (53.3 x 33 x 40.6 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Hard limestone torso from an over life size statue of Akhenaten, mat finish. Preserved from lower neck to just below navel, three pairs of caroutches with Aton names (effaced) on chest. On each side of back pillar short sections of pleated skirt preserved, each with portions of a large-scale cartouche containing Aton names. The back pillar (completely shattered) ran only halfway up back; braid or tail of headdress hangs down to top of back pillar. Traces of left arm preserved to elbow, position of left forearm unclear. Fine work. Condition: Poor. Cartouches on chest hammered out but some signs intact and reading is certain. Scattered chips and breaks over entire surface, particularly, on front of torso. Yellow stains in on left breast. Back pillar completely demolished.
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