Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The scene of an individual—by his or her size, surely royal—grasping stalks of grain has no parallel at el Amarna. It may represent a harvest ritual honoring the ancient fertility god Min. A festival for any god but the Aten at el Amarna could only have been celebrated after Akhenaten's death, during the two years before Tutankhaten returned Egypt's capital to Thebes. It may even depict a rite carried out at Tutankhaten's coronation.
ca. 1352-1334 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Relief, ca. 1352-1334 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 9 3/16 x 20 1/2 in. (23.4 x 52 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.197.2. Creative Commons-BY
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. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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Limestone relief. In sunk relief, incompletely preserved head and shoulders of a male figure with outstretched right hand clasping (? picking) unidentified plant, possibly wheat, for offering (?). Trace of another hand in lower left corner. Man is in unusually large scale and presumably is royal.
Condition: Both lower corners lost with piece replaced at lower left corner. Deep gash on hand.
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