About this object

Fragment of inscribed relief with the cartouches of Akhenaten (Neferkheperure-Waenre) and Nefertiti (Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti). Amarna stone sculpture specialist Kristin Thompson examined the piece in 2013 and described it as being "very likely from a balustrade or relief, not a statue. The body cartouches worn by Akhenaten and Nefertiti have the names of the Aten, not their own. Nefertiti occasionally has a cartouche with her name on it, but it seems always to be on a sash or other part of a garment.The piece is probably too small and laid out wrong for a back pillar".

Marked by the excavator in black ink T.165. TA31/32 no. 443.
Found on 11 December 1931 in the Central City: Small Aten Temple, outside the temenos wall: South-east corner.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture
  • 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
    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
    87 mm x 68 mm x 20 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)

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