Relief Fragment of King Ahmose and Queen
On this fragment from a stela, King Ahmose is shown in sunk relief, wearing a simple, short wig and the royal uraeus-cobra. Originally, a queen—probably either his wife or mother—was depicted standing behind him. According to the inscription, the stela showed Ahmose presenting an offering to Amun, god of his family's house at Thebes. The royal family's devotion to Amun elevated the deity to national status and made Karnak, site of his main temple, one of the greatest religious structures ever built in Egypt.
- Medium: Basalt (probably)
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: ca. 1539-1514 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 2 15/16in. (12 x 20.9 x 7.4cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 81.183
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief Fragment of King Ahmose and Queen, ca. 1539-1514 B.C.E. Basalt (probably), 4 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 2 15/16in. (12 x 20.9 x 7.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 81.183. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: The inscriptionj indicates that Ahmose was offering to Amun the queen behind him may have been a wife or his mother. Traces of gesso or plaster in the headdresses and in some hieroglyphs.
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)