Limestone Relief from the Period of Akhenaten

Culture: Egyptian
Period: 18th dynasty, Amarna period, 1351-1334 B.C.
Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 23.5 cm x 38 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 1396
Provenance: New York private collection S. Carroll, acquired 1969. Thence Bonhams London on 28 November 2017, lot 16.
Condition: Fragment of beautiful quality with light color remains.
Description: Large limestone fragment from the Amarna period under the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Depicted are two male figures bending towards each other. The man on the right wears a long, straight kilt and supports a large vase with his overlong arms on a tripod. The figure on the left also stretches its long arms towards the vase. It is likely that the right-hand man (Akhenaten himself?) is shown leaving a building, according to a model also documented in the royal tomb at El-Amarna. On this assumption compare G. Thorndike Martin, "The Royal Tomb at El-'Amarna", London, 1989, plate 34. The faces with the elliptical eyes, the prominent noses and chins are as typical of the art of the Amarna period as are the overlong, slender arms and limbs. socketed.