Block with Sunk Relief and Inscriptions
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, painted
- 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
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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
- Caption: Block with Sunk Relief and Inscriptions, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 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
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)