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Original Hand Carved Limestone Sculpture of Pharoah Akhenaten (With COA's)**


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Original Hand Carved Limestone Sculpture of Pharoah Akhenaten (With COA's)**:
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Original Akhenaten - Amarneh XVIII Dynasty - Metropolitan Museum of Art Hand Carved Limestone Reproduction of Pharoah Akhenaten's Head (With COA's)**Item details

Purchased by me in 1963

Materials

Cast Limestone, 9 lbs

Dimensions

Height: 13 1/2 Inches; Width: 9 1/4 Inches; Depth: 2 Inches

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Akhenaten: Egyptian Pharaoh, Nefertiti's Husband, King Tut's Father
Original of (Amenhotep IV) King Akhenaten (Picture #9)
Original Sculpture is in The Egyptian Museum: Floor 1 Hall 0

This Reproduction Cast Limestone Piece, With Relief of Head of Akhenaten, Was Purchased by Me In 1963 From the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York. (SEE ALL DISCLAIMERS AND CERTIFICATES OF AUTHENTICITY**).

Dimensions: 13 1/2" Height x 9 1/4" Width x 2" Depth
Weight: 8 3/4 lbs

**The COA's are from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY (Pictures 2 & 4 - attached to the back of the limestone). The hanging hooks are also embedded in the back of this sculpture.

**(Was On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122) - The original is no longer on display at the MMA and the replica is no longer sold at the MMA gift shop. The “heretic pharaoh” Akhenaten exerts a particular fascination, and this copy of the original museum piece replicates original toolmarks and damage.

**See Met digital documents #N4373 in Pictures #7&8 regarding the October 31,1938 purchase of the original sculpture for $3750 from Mrs. Trent McGrath and then was sold for $7000 on October 2, 1947 to Albert Gallatin. The ENTIRE Gallatin Collection including this sculpture was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum from Mr. Gallatin's estate in 1966.

**Title N4373 : A sculptor's trial piece, the head of Akhenaten in incised relief upon limestone.

**Description and Keywords Object inventory card number N4373. Figured as No. 847 in catalogue of Amherst Collection (Sotheby's 1921-06). Published in "Egypt" by Hoyningen-Huene and George Steindorff; J.J. Augustin, New York, 1943.

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**Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History for the Trial Piece with Relief of Head of Akhenaten:
Period: New Kingdom, Amarna PeriodDynasty:
Dynasty XVIII
Reign: reign of Akhenaten
Date: ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Medium: Limestone
Archeologist : Pendlebury
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number: 66.99.40
Brummer Classification Egyptian
Associated Cards N4367
Object Purchase Date 1938-10-31
Purchased From Mrs. McMath
Purchase Price $4,500
Object Sale Date 1947-10-25
Sold To Albert Gallatin
Sale Price $7,000
Creator Brummer Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Contributor Brummer, Ernest
Brummer, Joseph
Digital Collection The Brummer Gallery Records
Repository Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Provider Cloisters Library and Archive

**Copyright Status - public domain:
Copyright Notice Material is in the public domain. No restrictions on use.
Copyright Information: The Libraries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art make digital versions of collections accessible for research purposes in the following situations: They are in the public domain; the rights are owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art; we have permission to make them accessible; we make them accessible as a fair use, or there are no known restrictions on use.

Original Sculpture was excavated by Petrie at Amarna 1891-1892. Acquired by Petrie and Lord Amherst in the division of finds. Sold at the Amherst Sale, London, June 1921, lot 847. Purchased by Kalebjian at Amherst sale and sold to a French collector who sold to Joseph Brummer, ca. 1939. Acquired by Albert Gallatin from executors of the estate of Joseph Brummer ("Joseph Brummer Gallery"), October 1947.

King Akhenaten was a sovereign monarch in the New Kingdom who ruled Egypt in the period from (1346-1333 BC) . This sculpture was discovered in Tell El Amarna in 1932 . It depicts the king with the typical facial features of the New Kingdom with a long nose and finely carved lips and eyes . the king is wearing a shoulder-long wig with his ears emerging and the copra over his forehead as a symbol for royalty .

The slanting slitted eye, heavy everted lips, and drooping chin here recognizably signify the pharaoh Akhenaten. The 'sculptor's model' from Amarna came from the excavations of William Flinders Petrie at Tell el-Amarna in 1891–92. It was probably made by a master sculptor to serve as a model for the assistants carving the many reliefs necessary for the new monuments. It depicts Akhenaten in the earlier, more exaggerated style of his reign, with elongated, slitlike eyes, protruding lips, and a drooping chin. He wears a bag wig or head covering without a uraeus, perhaps an indication that the piece was never finished. Such models are roughly rectangular slabs of stone on which the representation is theorized to be a master's model for his assistants to follow while decorating a wall with relief or, alternatively, an apprentice's study piece. At least in some instances, however, such pieces may have been intended or served secondarily as donations. For instance, one such relief found in the Great Temple of the Aton at Amarna shows a kneeling figure on the reverse side of a royal representation. King (Pharaoh) Akhenaten's image appears to be unfinished, lacking characteristic furrows and lines and the royal uraeus. There is a small piece of metal embedded in the lower back of this piece which reads The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The hanging hardware is also embedded in the piece with a coated wire serving to hang it from.

Akhenaten, father of Tutankhamun, moved the Egyptian capital and tried to change the system of worship. Instead of a system of polytheism (many gods) led by the sun god, Akhenaten pushed for a system of ancestor worship with one god (Aten) at its center. The pharaoh changed his name to represent this god--Amenhotep IV becam Akhenaten.

Akhenaten, perhaps the most controversial ruler of ancient Egypt, was the tenth king of Dynasty XVIII, the son of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye. He came to the throne as Amenhotep IV and ruled under that name for three years. His principal queen was Nefertiti, who bore him six daughters, and another queen, Kiya, is also known. In the third year of his reign, he changed him name to Akhenaten, which means "Effective for the Aten." This signals his belief that the power of light as manifested in the sun disk, or Aten, was the ultimate force in the universe. In the eighth year of his reign, all other gods appear to have been banned and the Aten elevated to the one and only god. This led to later generations characterizing him as the "heretic pharaoh." Akhenaten built a new capital named for himself at Tell el-Amarna, dedicated to his new god, with vast palaces and open-air sun temples. The entire court relocated there, building their villas and tombs on this previously unoccupied site.
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