Relief with bowing courtier - ROM2018_16272_11


Relief with bowing courtier

Medium:Carved and painted limestone
Geography: Excavated at Amarna, Egypt
Date: c. 1352-1327 BC
Period: Reign of Akhenaten, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, New Kingdom
22.8 × 29.6 × 3.6 cm
Object number: 972.215.1
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This small piece of relief was once part of a large scene of courtiers bowing to and greeting the royal family of Amarna. The man wears elaborately pleated court dress, and a wig. His face is lined with age. Both the depiction of age and the servile posture are typical of Amarna images.

Small stones like this one, called Talatat, were used in order to build quickly. Each stone was 27 x 27 x 54 cm, so that it could be easily carried by a single man. Akhenaten’s buildings were dismantled after his death, and many of these small blocks were deposited, as fill, inside pylons and other later constructions. That act of recycling saved them from the elements and random pilfering, so that many complete wall compositions have been reconstructed.

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