The Aten and a Symbol of a Goddess or Queen
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptian religion during the Amarna Period is often characterized as monotheistic, but a detail on this block found at el Amarna casts some doubt on this interpretation. At the far right is a column capital of a traditional type found in temples and shrines of Hathor, one of Egypt's major goddesses. Was Hathor worshiped at el Amarna, or could the building where this column stood have been dedicated instead to Queen Nefertiti?
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
7/8 x 6 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (2.3 x 15.5 x 34.3 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
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The Aten and a Symbol of a Goddess or Queen, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (2.3 x 15.5 x 34.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 36.886. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.36.886_wwg7.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.36.886_wwg7.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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