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Head from a Shabty of King Akhenaten

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 35.1867
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    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
    IMAGE overall, 35.1867_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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