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Limestone trial-piece with Head of Akhenaten: on the smooth front of this irregular piece of stone is depicted the head, neck, and shoulders of a royal person. The short, pointed wig and the uraeus cobra on the forehead would identify it as King Akhenaten or his main queen, Nefertiti, although it is most likely Akhenaten himself whose withdrawn but benign face appears on this stone. The piece is clearly not a fragment broken off from a larger relief but a small work in its own right. This stone, although of uneven shape, is undoubtedly a masterpiece.
- Excavated/Findspot: Amarna, el-, The King's House Magazines, P.42.2.
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,El-Amarna)
- Height: 17.5 centimetres
- Width: 14 centimetres
- Depth: 5.7 centimetres
- Weight: 1.6 kilograms
S. Quirke and J. Spencer, 'British Museum Book of Ancient Egypt', (London, 1992), p. 81, fig. 58;
J. D. S Pendlebury ‘et al.’, ‘The City of Akhenaten. The Central City and the Official Quarters. The Excavations at Tell el- Armana During the Seasons 1926-1927 and 1931-1936’, Vol. 1 (London 1951), p. 92, no. 581; Vol. 2, pl. 74, 7;
'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006), 56, cat no. 15.
2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs
2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs
2011 10 Feb - 10 June, Coventry, Herbert Museum, Secret Egypt
2011 10 June - 24th Oct Torquay Museum, Secret Egypt
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- 31/581 (Egypt Exploration Society excavation number)
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Object reference number: YCA70947
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