Head from a Shabty of King Akhenaten
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The four stone shabties made for King Akhenaten illustrate the royal ideal in the Eighteenth Dynasty. They are a representative sample of the materials used to create hundreds of shabties for this king. Each stone type symbolizes a divinity related to the afterlife. For example, the red shabty associates Akhenaten with Re, the sun god, while the black granite one links him to Osiris, represented as the fertile soil of Egypt.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
3 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. (8.6 x 9.3 x 7.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Tell el Amarna, Egypt; before 1935, acquired by Maurice Nahman of Cairo, Egypt; 1935, purchased from Maurice Nahman by Jean Capart for the Brooklyn Museum.
Pink granite head of ushabti of Akhenaten. Slight remnant of color on lips and in minor crevices.
Condition: Large slice missing from crown of head; nose chipped; beard almost completely missing; broken from body at neck.
Head from a Shabty of King Akhenaten, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Quartzite, 3 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. (8.6 x 9.3 x 7.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1867. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1867_PS2.jpg)
overall, 35.1867_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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