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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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Provenance

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.

Findspot

Hermopolis, Egypt

Object Place

Akhetaten (el-Amarna), Egypt

Dimensions

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

64.521

Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief