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Panel with a Scene of the Adoration of Aten
TR 10.11.26.4 Cairo Antiquity Museum
Material: Painted Limestone
Size: Height: 53 cm; Width 48 cm; Depth: 8 cm
Location: Tell el-Amarna, the Royal Tomb
Excavation: The Antquities Service Excavations of 1891
Date: 18th Dynasty, Reign of Akhenaten (1353-1335 BC)
This panel was found in the rubble that blocked the royal tomb at el-Amarna. It may have been used as a model for the decoration of that tomb. It is a scene that recurs with some frequency during the Amarna Period, depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti and two of their children. Note the solar disk has rays that terminate in small hands, some of which are holding was and ankh hieroglyphs. Those rays that come into contact with either Akhenaten or the offering table before him are empty. Hence, the king is receiving power and life from the Aten.
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