About this object

Thigh of a life-size statue of Nefertiti in indurated limestone. Many statues of King Akhenaten, his chief royal wife Nefertiti, and the royal family stood in the temples of Amarna. After the city of Amarna was abandoned the statues were smashed into pieces, in an attempt to erase Akhenaten’s memory from history. This broken statue fragment of Queen Nefertiti was found in the small Aten temple by archaeologists during the 1931 - 1932 excavations of the Egypt Exploration Society.

The stone has been marked by the excavator in black ink T.A. 31.32 359. T.28. The find spot was recorded as the north-west corner of the sanctuary within the small Aten temple within the central city.

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
    Limestone
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • 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
    570 mm x 190 mm x 160 mm x 15 kg
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)

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