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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt
Creator Active Place: Egypt
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Probably Kom el-Ahmar, ancient Hebenu, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, 1391-1353 BC
Title: Nome Gods Bearing Offerings
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -139
Creation End Date: -135
Creation Date: 1391-1353 BC
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Painted limestone
Dimensions: Overall: 66cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1961.205
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Context: Most ancient Egyptian relief sculpture was plastered over and brilliantly painted; examples in which so much of the original decoration has survived, as here, are extremely rare. The figures in the lower register represent four of the nomes, or provinces, of Egypt--identified by the emblems on their heads--walking in procession toward the god of the temple. Their well-fed bodies symbolize the agricultural wealth of the country, attested to by the immense piles of offerings that they bear in their hands. The first figure on your right says, "King Nebmaatre [Amenhotep III] has come to you bringing to you every good thing that is in this land. May you grant him all life, stability, and dominion," "the revenue of the two lands [Upper and Lower Egypt]," and "all offerings and provisions." Enough remains of the upper register to indicate that the figure of the god (on the right) was representing "hundreds of thousands of years." It has been suggested that these blocks came from Amenhotep III's mortuary temple complex in western Thebes.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1961.205
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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