About this object

Part of a forearm from a life-sized royal statue carved in fine indurated limestone bearing incised hieroglyphic text with the earlier names of the Aten. The god's names are written in two cartouches: "May Re-Horakhte Live, Who Ascends from the Horizon in his Quality of Light, Which is the Solar Disk". Originally some of the royal buildings at the City of Tell el-Amarna were provided with statues of the royal family, often in hard stones. The largest group seems to have been in the Great Palace but others are known to have stood in the temples. After the death of Akhenaten these statues were deliberately smashed into pieces as a ‘damnatio memoriae’ in condemnation of a pharaoh who people now wanted to forget.

Excavated outside the temenos wall (south eastern corner) of the Small Aten Temple (Pendlebury's ‘Hat-Aten’) at Tell el-Amarna during the 1935-6 excavations of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
    Indurated Limestone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1931
  • Measurements
    180 mm x 100 mm x 75 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

Where is this object from?

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Publications

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Society Excavations at Tell el Amarna

    Start date: 1921
    End date: 1921
    Description: Excavations carried out at Tell el Amarna by the Egypt Exploration Society between 1921 and 1936.

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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