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Head of a Shabty of King Akhenaten

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The four stone shabties made for King Akhenaten illustrate the royal ideal in the Eighteenth Dynasty. They are a representative sample of the materials used to create hundreds of shabties for this king. Each stone type symbolizes a divinity related to the afterlife. For example, the red shabty associates Akhenaten with Re, the sun god, while the black granite one links him to Osiris, represented as the fertile soil of Egypt.
MEDIUM Granite
  • Place Made: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 in. (8.3 × 8.9 × 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Granite head of ushabti of Akhenaten. Mottled quartzite. Head complete to base of wig and part of beard. Uraeus on forehead.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Head of a Shabty of King Akhenaten, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Granite, 3 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 in. (8.3 × 8.9 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1866. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1866_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 35.1866_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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