Head from 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.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
3 1/2 x 3 9/16 x 2 3/4 in. (8.9 x 9 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Back granite head of ushabti of Akhenaten. Color remnants on lips and under eyes. Mouth turned down. Uraeus on forehead.
Condition: Broken from body just below swell of shoulder. Tip of uraeus broken; otherwise good condition.
This item is not on view
Head from a Shabty of King Akhenaten, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Granite, 3 1/2 x 3 9/16 x 2 3/4 in. (8.9 x 9 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1868. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1868_PS2.jpg)
overall, 35.1868_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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