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Sunk Relief Representation of Queen Nefertiti

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Sandstone
  • Possible Place Collected: Karnak, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352-1348 B.C
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 8 1/4 x 16 9/16 in. (21 x 42 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Christos G. Bastis in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Sunk Relief Representation of Queen Nefertiti, ca. 1352-1348 B.C. Sandstone, 8 1/4 x 16 9/16 in. (21 x 42 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Christos G. Bastis in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer, 78.39. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 78.39_negA_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Sandstone slab decorated with a sunk relief representation of Queen Nefertiti. Preserved is that portion of the queen's figure from the shoulders to the top of the headband which encircles her heavy wig. The wig has curls "en echelon"; a uraeus rises from the front of the headband. The queen, who faces right, has her arms raised before her in a gesture of worship directed towards a now missing representation of the Aten. Before her nose is the sign of life suspended from a ray of sunlight. Behind her is the partial remains of a column of text. Condition: Top of head and top of uraeus, the hands and the body from below the shoulders are not preserved. Shoulders chipped; small chips here and there. Much red pigment preserved on the queen's skin and some blue pigment on the wig.
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