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: 28 000 Euro
Ref: 1396
Provenance: New York private collection S. Carroll, acquired 1969. Thence with 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 figures bending to each other. The right, male figure wears a long, straight kilt and places a large vase on a tripod. The left figure also reaches with its long arms to the vase. It is possible that the right figure, probably a member of the royal family, is depicted leaving a building, after a model which is documented in the royal tomb in El-Amarna. See for this hypothesis G. Thorndike Martin, “The Royal Tomb at El-'Amarna”, London, 1989, table 34. The faces with the elliptical eyes, the prominent noses and chins are equally typical for the art of the Amarna period as the over-long, slender arms and limbs. Mounted.