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State plinth from el-Armana: rectangular grey granite plinth of a royal statue. Two lines of incised left-facing hieroglyphic text run around the sides, including the names of Akhenaten's god, the Aten ('sun-disc'). There is also a dedicatory inscription. Apart form the defacement of the name of Nefertiti and an abrasion in one corner, the texts are well preserved.
Height: 31 centimetres
Length: 90 centimetres
Depth: 52 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The statue, now lost, was presumably of Princess Meretaten, and was originally erected in a chapel to her at Akhenaten's royal city of Akhetaten at el-Amarna.
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' IV (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 70;
T.E. Peet and C.L. Wooley, 'City of Akhenaten' I, Memoirs of the Egypt Exploration Society, 38 (London, 1923), 155;
J.D.S. Pendlebury, 'City of Akhenaten' III, Memoirs of the Egypt Exploration Society 44 (London, 1951), 193;
G. Roeder, 'Amarna-Reliefs aus Hermopolis' (Hildesheim, 1969), 352;
B.J. Kemp and S. Garfi, 'A Survey of the Ancient City of el-‘Amarna' (London, 1993), 78.
- Not on display
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- Egypt and Sudan
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