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Talatat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1359–1352 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 8 11/16 × 16 1/2 × 2 5/8 in. (22.1 × 41.9 × 6.7 cm) template (t1): 22 × 12 in. (55.9 × 30.5 cm) template (t2): 50 1/2 × 40 1/4 in. (128.3 × 102.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2022.17
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Prof. Dr. H. A. Schlögl in memory of Bernard V. Bothmer
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone talatat block, carved in sunk relief, depicting portions of two trees, a pair of cattle feeding from a basket and two human figures, one of which is playing a double flute. The block joins the top of a pastoral scene consisting of three blocks (86.226.30; 2019.13; and MMA 68.16). The top of the proper right corner contains two cows feeding on a plant. Only four legs of the cows and their heads are visible in the fragment. The cows are bent low over the plant which emerges from a semicircular shaped basket. The bottoom of the proper right part of the block depicts the top of a tree, with a second tree taking up much of the proper left side of the block. The bottom center and proper left side of the block contain heads of two human figures, one playing a double flute. Condition: The talatat is fragmentary, with a triangular chip missing in the bottom proper lefthand corner of the limestone block.The edges appear worn.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Talatat, ca. 1359–1352 B.C.E. Limestone, 8 11/16 × 16 1/2 × 2 5/8 in. (22.1 × 41.9 × 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Prof. Dr. H. A. Schlögl in memory of Bernard V. Bothmer, 2022.17 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2022.17_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2022.17_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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     <em>Talatat</em>, ca. 1359–1352 B.C.E. Limestone, 8 11/16 × 16 1/2 × 2 5/8 in. (22.1 × 41.9 × 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Prof. Dr. H. A. Schlögl in memory of Bernard V. Bothmer, 2022.17 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2022.17_PS11.jpg)