Block with Sunk Relief and Inscriptions
Egyptian religion during the Amarna Period is often characterized as monotheistic, but a detail on this block found at el Amarna casts some doubt on this interpretation. At the far right is a column capital of a traditional type found in temples and shrines of Hathor, one of Egypt's major goddesses. Was Hathor worshiped at el Amarna, or could the building where this column stood have been dedicated instead to Queen Nefertiti?
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dimensions: 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (2.3 x 15.5 x 34.3 cm)
- Inscriptions: yes
- Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, EXHIBITION-3, ECAMEA-3G67
- Accession Number: 36.886
- Image: "West Wing gallery 7 installation", CUR.36.886_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Nov 30, 2004