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Talatat: River scene with royal barges and tow boats

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The Nile was Egypt's great artery, and river pageants formed an important part of ceremonial life. Depicted on these two adjoining blocks are two royal barges. The barge on the right may be identified as Nefertiti's by the two long steering oars that terminate in finials carved with her...

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From Hermopolis (originally from el-AMarna). Excavated by the Deutschen Hermopolis-Expedition between 1929 and 1939 (Roeder, Amarna Reliefs, no. PC 67); by 1964: with Michel Abemayor, New York; purchased by the MFA from Michel Abemayor, April 8, 1964.

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund

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


Hermopolis, Egypt

Object Place

Akhetaten (el-Amarna), Egypt


Height x width x depth: 23.9 x 54 x 3.5 cm (9 7/16 x 21 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted limestone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief