Relief of Amun, Ahmose-Nefertari, and King Amunhotep I
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This private stela depicts Queen Ahmose- Nefertari with her son—the second king of the Eighteenth Dynasty—Amunhotep I, and the god Amun seated. Ahmose-Nefertari held the important title of God’s Wife of Amun. Because Amun was believed to be the father of the ruling pharaoh,Amunhotep I and his mother comprised the god’s earthly family. Both Ahmose-Nefertari and Amunhotep I were widely worshipped at Thebes in the Eighteenth Dynasty and for many centuries thereafter. So popular was a festival dedicated to Amunhotep I that the seventh month was named for it in both Coptic and Arabic.
ca. 1295-1190 B.C.E.
30 13/16 x 24 1/8 x 2 7/16 in. (78.3 x 61.2 x 6.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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Relief of Amun, Ahmose-Nefertari, and King Amunhotep I, ca. 1295-1190 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 30 13/16 x 24 1/8 x 2 7/16 in. (78.3 x 61.2 x 6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.25. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.86.226.25_NegD_print_bw.jpg)
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