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Talatat: sanctuary of the Great Temple

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Limestone talatat representing the Great Aten Temple at Amarna. The structure is identified as the Great Temple based on the profuse depiction of altars and food offerings.


Hermopolis (originally from el-Amarna). Excavated by the Deutschen Hermopolis-Expedition between 1929 and 1939 (Roeder, Amarna Reliefs, no. PC 260); by 1963: with Jean Vinchon & Cie.; purchased by the MFA from Jean Vinchon & Cie., June 19, 1963.

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Bequest Fund

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

Object Place

el-Amarna (Akhetaten), Egypt


Hermopolis, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 22.7 x 26.9 x 3.8 cm (8 15/16 x 10 9/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief