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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?

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (2.3 x 15.5 x 34.3 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS yes
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 36.886
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.36.886_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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