Soldiers in Chariot
Relief carvers working at Akhenaten's capital devised a method of using space to imply movement—a method seen in this relief of a chariot drawn by a pair of horses. Besides raising the animals' forelegs off the ground in the traditional Egyptian convention for representing a gallop, the artisan introduced the novel device of leaving blank the entire left half of the block. The viewer is supposed to understand this space as the area into which the chariot
Amarna relief carvers seemed to delight in adding unusual details that broke with Egyptian artistic tradition. On this relief, for example, one of the horses turns its head to stare directly at the viewer. In earlier scenes of chariots, horses were always depicted in pure profile.
- Medium: Limestone with modern paint
- Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 21 1/16 x 9 x 1 1/4 in. (53.5 x 22.8 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 60.28
- Credit Line: Gift of New Hermes Foundation
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Soldiers in Chariot, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone with modern paint, 21 1/16 x 9 x 1 1/4 in. (53.5 x 22.8 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of New Hermes Foundation, 60.28. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)