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Talatat: gazelles in the desert

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Stretcher from a talatat carved with a scene of gazelles in the forest with desert foliage.


El-Amarna, found at Hermopolis (Roeder, Amarna Reliefs, pl. 194, no. PC 154). Excavated by the Deutschen Hermopolis-Expedition between 1929 and 1939 (Roeder, Amarna Reliefs, no. PC 154); By 1969:private collection; by 1071: with Heinz Herzer, Munich; 1971: purchased by the MFA from Heinz Herzer, September 15, 1971.

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, 1353–1336 B.C.


Height x width: 23 x 52 cm (9 1/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief