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Man Carrying a Talatat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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

These two adjoining blocks depict stonemasons and laborers constructing one of Amunhotep IV's shrines to the Aten at Karnak. At the lower left is a figure carrying either a bag or a sandstone block, called a talatat, to the construction site. Above him, three other workmen walk on a wooden beam separating the unfinished walls. The group of men in the lower right may be listening to instructions from an unseen overseer.

MEDIUM Limestone, painted
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES ca. 1352-1347 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 8 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 1 7/16 in. (21.2 x 27 x 3.6 cm)  (show scale)
ACCESSION NUMBER 61.195.1
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Man Carrying a Talatat, ca. 1352-1347 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 8 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 1 7/16 in. (21.2 x 27 x 3.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.195.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 61.195.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of limestone relief with remains of two registers. On upper register in raised relief, legs of two men (soldiers?) running to right. Lower register also in raised relief. Man with bag on shoulders in a doorway; probably the first in a row of bearers, some of which in a row on another block in the same group of reliefs. Joins Brooklyn 86.132. Condition: Very incomplete. Upper register badly eroded. Scattered remains of original red paint on all bodies, particularly orange-red on face of man.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (87%)
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