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Soldiers in Chariot

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Relief carvers working at Akhenaten's capital devised a method of using space to imply movement—a method seen in this relief of a chariot drawn by a pair of horses. Besides raising the animals' forelegs off the ground in the traditional Egyptian convention for representing a gallop, the artisan introduced the novel device of leaving blank the entire left half of the block. The viewer is supposed to understand this space as the area into which the chariot is moving.

Amarna relief carvers seemed to delight in adding unusual details that broke with Egyptian artistic tradition. On this relief, for example, one of the horses turns its head to stare directly at the viewer. In earlier scenes of chariots, horses were always depicted in pure profile.

MEDIUM Limestone with modern paint
DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 21 1/16 x 9 x 1 1/4 in. (53.5 x 22.8 x 3.2 cm)  (show scale)
ACCESSION NUMBER 60.28
CREDIT LINE Gift of New Hermes Foundation
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CAPTION Soldiers in Chariot, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone with modern paint, 21 1/16 x 9 x 1 1/4 in. (53.5 x 22.8 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of New Hermes Foundation, 60.28. Creative Commons-BY
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