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Fragment of a boundary stele with Nefertiti and two princesses

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One of many stele that marked the perimeter of Akhetaten, this frament shows Nefertiti worshipping the Aten, followed by her two eldest daughters. Both daughters hold sistra.


From el-Amarna (boundary stela S). By 1932: with Jacob Hirsch (purchased in Paris); by 1941: Joseph Brummer Gallery, New York; by 1979: Ernest Brummer collection; 1979: sold at auction by Galerie Koller and Spink & Son (The Ernest Brummer Collection, Vol. II, Sale Catalogue for Zurich Sale October 16-19, 1979, lot # 509); by 1992: with Noele and Ronald Mele, New York; 1992: purchased by the MFA from Noele and Ronald Mele.

Credit Line

Marilyn M. Simpson Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, 1349–1336 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 50.8 x 30.5 x 7.4 cm (20 x 12 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele