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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Karnak, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep IV, 1353-1337 BC
Title: Talatat: Portrait of Nefertiti
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -135
Creation End Date: -133
Creation Date: 1353-1337 BC
Creation Place: Karnak, New Kingdom
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: painted sandstone
Dimensions: Overall: 22cm x 22.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1959.188
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: East Karnak. Purchased from Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris
Style or Period: Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep IV, 1353-1337 BC
Context: The son of Amenhotep III, Akenhaten, brought about the short-lived "monotheistic" revolution in Egyptian religion near the end of Dynasty XVIII. The young king constructed a temple complex to the Aten, the Sun Disk, at Karnak--from which these reliefs come--before he moved his capital to El Amarna. For reasons yet unknown, the figure of the Queen Nefertiti appears in these reliefs far more often that that of the king. Ironically, the Aten temples were dismantled anciently to be used as foundations and fill for additions to the Great Temple of Amun, whom the Aten had briefly displaced.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1959.188
AMICA Library Year: 2001
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Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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