Head from a Shabty of King Akhenaten
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.
- Medium: Granite
- Possible Place Collected: Tell el Amarna, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. (8.6 x 9.3 x 7.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 35.1867
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Head from a Shabty of King Akhenaten, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Granite, 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
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