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Akhenaten as a Sphinx

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Excavated: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 × 15 × 7 1/4 in., 39.5 lb. (24.8 × 38.1 × 18.4 cm, 17.92kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Akhenaten as a Sphinx, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, 9 3/4 × 15 × 7 1/4 in., 39.5 lb. (24.8 × 38.1 × 18.4 cm, 17.92kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 36.881. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 36.881_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 36.881_PS9.jpg., 2018
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large limestone block with sunk relief of the king (Akhenaten) as a sphinx resting in an architectural framework. Above the figure are hieroglyphs. Instead of forelegs the sphinx has hands which are upraised and which may have held symbols of some sort. The face of the king appears to have been anciently mutilated. Condition: The entire surface is considerably chipped and weathered. There are also many incrustations on the piece.
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