Early Image of Nefertiti
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Nefertiti raises her arm in an attitude of prayer or offering. Originally the god Aten, as the sun disk, appeared above her. The two tiny hands in front of the queen’s face belong to streams of light coming from the Aten. One of these hands holds an ankh (the hieroglyph for “life”) to Nefertiti’s nose, so that she can receive from the Aten the “breath of life,” given to the faithful.
ca. 1352-1347 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
6 11/16 x 10 1/4 x 1 3/16 in. (17 x 26 x 3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented, probably from the Lost Aten Temple, Karnak, Egypt; 1955, in Karnak, Egypt; before 1964, acquired by Hubert Herzfelder of Paris; by 1964, purchased from Hubert Herzfelder by Leo Mildenberg of Zurich, Switzerland; 1964, purchased from Leo Mildenberg by the Brooklyn Museum.
Early Image of Nefertiti, ca. 1352-1347 B.C.E. Sandstone, pigment, 6 11/16 x 10 1/4 x 1 3/16 in. (17 x 26 x 3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 64.199.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.64.199.2_wwg7.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.64.199.2_wwg7.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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